Science Art: Cattleya Maxima Backhousei by John Nugent Fitch, 1886


A hothouse flower, far from home.

Mr. Fitch drew this picture – one of an awful lot – for The Orchid Album: Comprised of Coloured Figures and Descriptions of New, Rare and Beautiful Orchidaceous Plants, a book published by B.S. Williams “at the Victoria and Paradise Nurseries, Upper Holloway, N.”

I found it in the Bio Diversity Library, which is not Victorian nor paradisiacal, but offers glimpses of both states of being.