Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Miss Adams: Crested Moss Rose

Although women were prodigious botanical illustrators, unless they published books of their own such as Anne Pratt or Elizabeth Blackwell, they seem often to be known simply by their last names. In this case, a Miss Adams contributed this illustration of a crested moss rose for use in an 1836 issue of Botanical Magazine. The rose had been discovered in Switzerland in 1827.

In contrast to the engraving technique of stippling, this engraving uses lines, as shown in the detail at right.

The crested moss rose, Rosa x centifolia cristata, is still widely cultivated. Voters at HelpMeFind rate the rose "Excellent" -- possibly because of its strong fragrance and hardiness. It blooms just once each year for a few weeks in spring or summer.

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