An early spring flower, the Primrose is synonymous with the season. In Ireland, Primroses were thought to protect the home and farm from evil spirits and mischievous faeries. Placed across the threshold of houses, wells and even tied to cow’s tails at the beginning of May (Bealtaine) they would ward off ill will.
In folk medicine, it’s curative power seems to be a soothing one. Across the country, it was used to soothe a variety of ills from toothache to nervous disorders and insomnia.
The delicate yellow flowers and veined crinkled leaves are captured with minimal line and colour as subtle as the flower itself in this stylized print.
One of a series of four botanical illustrations based on Ireland's native hedgerows by Dublin illustrator Sally Caulwell. Blackthorn, dog-rose, gorse, wild garlic and the humble dandelion also feature. Dimensions: A4 (210 x 297mm) print on 340gsm uncoated paper. Print inset with white border.