'Snake's Head Fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris'
Late 18th or early 19th century
Museum no. E.4107-1911
Celebrated in one 16th century book for 'beautifieing…our gardens, and the bosomes of the beautifull', the Snake's Head Fritillary has been a favourite of botanical illustrators.
In the notes to this anonymous French watercolour the artist comments on the plant's rarity, its native Dutch terrain and its distinctive purple and white chequered markings. It is thought that the drawing was used in the design of wallpapers or textiles.
This print can be found in Print Room Box DP1.