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Collection | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Collection | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Victorian Fern Craze l The name of Pteridomania was coined by Charles Kingsley, who wrote: ‘Your daughters, perhaps, have been seized with the prevailing ‘Pteridomania’ and are collecting and buying ferns…and wrangling over inpronouncable names of species, (which seem to be different with every new fern that they buy), till the Pteridomania seems to you something of a bore.’

The Great Exhibition of 1851 may have produced the iconic 'Crystal Palace' but all over the country glass houses were becoming increasingl.

Lichen colour charts from the Svensk Lafvarnas Farghistoria by Johan Peter Westring. Printed in 1805.

‘Lichen color charts from the Svensk Lafvarnas Farghistoria by Johan Peter Westring. Printed in Via the Biodiversity Heritage Library archive.’ (via Letterology: The Color Atlas)

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