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Prang Flower
A chromolithograph from Thomas Meehan's The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States. These beautiful books reflect the combined talents of Thomas Meehan and Louis Prang. Meehan was born in England and spent his boyhood on the Isle of Wight, where he learned gardening from his father. He moved to Philadelphia in 1848 and, after several years working for other horticulturists, established his own very successful nurseries in Upper Germantown, Pennsylvania. He edited gardening magazines, contributed scientific papers, and published The American Handbook of Ornamental Trees (a copy of which is in our library).

The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States (Boston: L. Prang and Company, 1878, 1880, in four volumes) is considered his masterwork and is still an important resource for the study of ferns in America. The color plates reflect the artistry of Louis Prang of Boston, the leading chromolithographer of the period.

Gift of AAS member and library volunteer Jane K. Dewey, February, 2003



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