Flora! Illuminated… Day 23

wisteria

wisteria

Samuel Holden. Wisteria consequana, from Paxton's Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants, 1840. Aquatint.

Wisteria was so named in 1818 after Dr. Caspar Wistar of Philadelphia. Unfortunately his name was slightly mis-spelt and wisteria is set in stone; though some who think they know better sometimes try it on with wistaria.

–Yvonne Skargon in
A Garden of My Own

The dangling form of the wisteria flower has provided inspiration for many artists and designers, especially during the Art Nouveau period. Two notable artists took their inspiration from plant forms.

Designer Eugene Grasset published Plants and Their Application to Ornament,  a nineteenth century design primer for the decorative arts. You can view a full color reproduction of this historical work at the Sterling Morton Library.

Stained glass master Louis Comfort Tiffany incorporated the wisteria into two of his most well know works, View of Oyster Bay and Wisteria Table Lamp, utilizing the innovative copper foil technique which he is often credited
as developing in the early 1900’s.

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Twenty Six Days of Flora Illuminated

APPLE

Apple

BANANA

Banana

CHRYSANTHEMUM

Chrysanthemum

DANDELION

Dandelion

EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus

FRITILLARIA

Fritillaria

GRAPES

HAWTHORN

IRIS

JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT

KOELREUTERIA PANICULATA

LILY

MAGNOLIA

NARCISSUS

OLIVE

PINE

QUERCUS

RHODODENDRON

SUNFLOWER

TULIP

ULMUS

VIOLET

WISTERIA

XYLOBIUM SQUALENS

YEW

ZINNIA

The Morton Arboretum

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