Sensitive Fern

Photographer Unknown

ArtistUnknown

CountryUnited States

MediumCyanotype

EmphemeraLeaf Form Specimen Photograms

Year1920-1940

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Plants, Supports

Dimensions

Image Dimensions: 26.0 x 18.5 cm thin paper, laid down
Support Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.1 cm thin, manilla-colored paper


Shown is a photogram of a Sensitive fern.

 

Sensitive Fern: Onoclea sensibilis, the sensitive fern, also known as the bead fern, is a coarse-textured, medium to large-sized deciduous perennial fern. The name comes from the observation by early American settlers that it was very sensitive to frost, the fronds dying quickly when first touched by it. It is sometimes treated as the only species in Onoclea,[1] but some authors do not consider the genus monotypic. (Wikipedia accessed 2017)

 

print notes: written in graphite script on upper right corner of mount: Sensitive Fern; inverted visible numerals (watermark?) on print lower left corner: 4445H6

condition: adhesive traces showing through leaf and surrounding print from application to print verso.

Sensitive Fern