Clustered Bell-flower by Hulme
Clustered Bell-flower by Frederick Edward Hulme, from Familiar Wild Flowers published serially (1878-1905)
Campanula glomerata is the binomial name for the clustered bellflower, also called Dane's Blood. It is a perennial herbaceous plant, that grows in dry grasslands and forests. The bellflower grows an average of twenty to sixty centimeters tall, but can reach up to ninety centimeters under the right conditions. Single bell-shaped flowers form in clusters on racemes with five violet-blue petals. It has a simple stem and lanceolate leaves. Clustered bell-flowers can be found across Europe, Anatolia, and in Siberia. They bloom from June until September. This print of the bellflower is from series five of Familiar Wild Flowers.
Frederick Edward Hulme (1841-1909) was a drawing professor and amateur botanist. His father Frederick William Hulme (1816-1884) had been a successful landscape painter. Hulme studied at the South Kensington School of Art, which is now the Royal College of Art. In 1869, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Linnean Society. The following year, he became drawing master at Marlborough College, a position he held until 1883. While at Marlborough, he began work on his Familiar Wild Flowers, which was originally published as a series. Each flower description was accompanied by a colored plate, drawn by Hulme, and contained information as to the plants habitat and medicinal properties. In 1886, Hulme became Professor of Freehand and Geometrical drawing at King's College, London, and retained the position until his death.
- Naomi Bean