Gertrude Hermes 1901-1983
Wood engraving 229 x 134 (9 x 5 1/4) on laid paper 409 x 267 (16 1/8 x 10 1/2); printed and published by the artist in an edition of 30
Inscribed ‘Mistletoe 27/30' below image b.l. and ‘Gertrude Hermes | 1930' below image b.r.
Purchased from the artist's daughter Judy Russell (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
In 1929 Gertrude Hermes was commissioned to engrave twenty wood blocks to illustrate a book by Irene Gosse entitled A Florilege Chosen from the Old Herbals. The book was published by the Swan Press, London in 1931. Mistletoe was plate XV, the other plants and plate numbers being I-’Anenome, Windflower or Rose Persely', II -’Arum, Cuckowpynt or Wake Robin', III -’Borage', IV -’Butter Hyorchis or Standelwurt', V -’Clematis or Travellers Joy', VI -’Convolvulus or Bindweed', VII -’Cyclamen or Sowbreed', VIII -’Dwale or Deadly Nightshade', IX -’Fritillary or Ginnynen Floure', X -’Garlic or Ramsons', XI -’Hellebore or Bear's Foot', XII -’Henbane', XIII -’Herb Paris or One Bery', XIV -’Houseleek or Sengreere', XVI -’Monkshood or Leopardesbayne', XVII - ‘Solomon's Seal or White Root', XVIII - ‘Thornapple', XIX - ‘Violet', XX -’Waterlily or Nonefar'…