Wednesday's Wacky Book of the Week - The Victorian Fern Craze | Kylie Purtell - Capturing Life

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Wednesday's Wacky Book of the Week - The Victorian Fern Craze


The Victorian Fern Craze by Sarah Whittingham, Published by Shire Publications

If you're a fern lover then perhaps this book won't seem so wacky to you, but I'm not much in to ferns so it seems a little wacky for me. But I suppose a book on the Victorian fern craze isn't that surprising, considering the "fern fever' that swept through Britain between 1837 and 1914. This book looks at how the craze developed, how the  ferns were incorporated into garden and home and the spread of ferns through Victorian material and visual culture.

I can testify to their love of fern-printed material...my Nan had a lovely set of lounge chairs upholstered in a gorgeous fern-print design. Just lovely.*

*sarcasm

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