|Description: The hand coloured (watercolour) print of a flower (type of daisy) is mounted and framed. The flower is yellow and the stem and leaves are green. It is in a plain wooden frame (pine) with mitered corners. Clear glass covers the print. The bottom of the print reads, 'Edwards Roit' and 'Pub May 1791 by W Curtis St George's Crescent'. The top right hand corner reads 'n 156'.
History: Floral prints, such as this one, were popular forms of decoration in the nineteenth century. Many settlers took an interest in botany in order to discover new plants and their uses, often from the First Nations in the area. Interest in natural history originated predominantly in Britain as a fashionable and ‘rational’ recreational activity as people took to the field in search of flowers, butterflies, and birds. It was believed that natural history improved the mind and health, and provided a better understanding of God and his creations. For example, Catharine Parr Trail (1802-1899) and Susanna Moodie (1803-1885) brought the British natural history tradition with them to Upper Canada. Catharine documented many species of plants while living in the backwoods of Canada. Botany and botanical illustration were deemed as appropriate activities for middle- and upper-class young ladies during the Victorian era. See: Catharine P. Trail, Backwoods of Canada (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1989), first published in 1836; Barbara Gates, Kindred Nature: Victorian and Edwardian Women Embrace the Living World (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1998).|