A beautiful vintage botanical wall chart.
Designed by Ellen Backe (1891-1975).
Printed 1948. The chart is hand signed in pencil.
This chart was originally produced by three Danish seed merchants for use as educational charts within schools. The illustrations are truly beautiful with gorgeous detail and colour.
In excellent vintage condition the chart is mounted on a thick board with cotton thread attached for hanging.
About the artist:
Ellen Backe (1891-1975), who was employed at the Horticultural Department in the period 1935-58. This is where she created botanical illustrations while functioning as assistent for Anton Pedersen (1887-1978) - Professor in fruit growing at the Agricultural University 1923-57. He collected, categorised and described many different fruits, especially apples - local Danish apples as well foreign sorts used for years in Danish fruit growing. This unique collection was secured by the creation of the Pomology Department at Højbakkegaard 1956-57. This Department contains a rich collection of fruits and berries grown in Denmark. The fruit collection dates back to the establishment of the Agricultural University in 1858 at which point a small fruit section constituted part of the original gardens at Frederiksberg.