Col. Jones’ Nature Prints

Between 1876 and 1880, Col. Jones created a series of nature prints of ferns, over 300 of which were distributed to each of the subscribers. Under 40 sets were produced, but the BPS archive also holds many prints of alternative fern varieties that were never distributed. The subscribers were chiefly members of the recently disbanded first BPS.

The prints were created by applying printer’s ink to a selected frond, which was then pressed between a folded sheet of paper. The aim of the project was to supply fern enthusiasts with life size images of the best of recently discovered or newly raised varieties. The series contains many beautiful, and quite a few curious, varieties.

The selection of prints posted on this page will be changed periodically. A comprehensive set of high resolution images, including early experimental prints and all of the issued prints, as well as a searchable pdf of the text that Col. Jones wrote to accompany the prints, is available on the CD that is part of BPS Special Publication 14. The Jones Nature Prints – Nature Printing and the Victorian Fern Cult., available on the Special Publications web page, price £20. The original prints are sized 47.5 x 29cm.

A selection of images of the forms of Athyrium filix-femina taken from the original prints

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