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Nature Through Victorian Eyes

The Victorian view of nature varied from romantic to realistic. Often, such articles were enhanced by beautiful drawings by skilled naturalist-artists. I've limited the selection here to articles that bring a distinctly Victorian flavor to their subject, and omitted those that give us nothing more than we might find in an article on the same topic today.

For Victorian studies of wildlife, see Animals.


THE CHANGING SEASONS

The Girl's Own Paper often ran monthly articles on nature, the changing seasons, or what was to be found in the woods and fields each month. Initially these articles were illustrated with "file" images by various artists; later series were beautifully illustrated by the author.

The Country in November: The Pine Wood (GOP 1881)
Notes... (GOP 1887, 1888)
Nature notes for the month.
The Observer (GOP 1884)
A monthly guide to nature observations.
Spring Memories, by Clotilda Marson (GOP 1898)
The Summer Sun, by Clotilda Marson (GOP 1898)
The Wealth of a Wood in July, by Maude Morrison (GOP 1893)
Winter's First Footsteps, by Clotilda Marson (GOP 1898)

BRITISH PLANTS & WILDFLOWERS

Among the Wildflowers, by Gordon Stables (GOP 1889)
A Chat About British Ferns, by Cotsford Dick (GOP 1882)
Flowers and Perfumes, by Gordon Stables (GOP 1885)
"Lords and Ladies" (GOP 1885)
On identifying the arum or "cuckoo-plant."
Meadowsweet, or, The Queen of the Meadows, by James Mason (GOP 1891)
Notes in Spring (GOP 1882)
A look at England's spring wildflowers.
"Of All Flouris the Floure" (GOP 1882)
A short piece on daisies.
Our Country Flowers: October (GOP 1881)
Plant Treasures from Moor and Marsh, by Eliza Brightwen (GOP 1901)
Stars of the Earth, or, Our Country Flowers (GOP 1880)
A month- by-month guide to the wildflowers of the English countryside.
The Study of Mosses, by Eliza Brightwen (GOP 1897)
Wanderings Among Our Wildflowers, by Cotsford Dick (GOP 1882)
Willows and Water (GOP 1898)

PLANTS & FLOWERS OF THE WORLDS

Calvary Clover (GOP 1891)
Eccentric Flowers, by Eliza Brightwen (GOP 1901)
Flowers of the Oberland (GOP 1889)
Wildflowers of Switzerland.
Insectivorous Plants, by Eliza Brightwen (GOP 1897)
Useful Plants (GOP 1882)
On such diverse plants as oats, barley...and sugar cane!
Wonderful Plants, by Frederick Whymper (GOP 1885)
On exotic flowers and plants.

THE STUDY OF NATURE

The Study of Nature for Health and Pleasure, by Gordon Stables, M.D., R.N. ("Medicus") (GOP 1896)
Thoughts and Observations on Natural History, by H.B.M. Buchanan (GOP 1894)
What Girls Might Do in December, by Gordon Stables, M.D., R.N. ("Medicus") (GOP 1897)

BY THE SEA

Our Aquarium at the Seaside (GOP 1880)
How to set up an indoor aquarium to observe specimens from the sea-shore.
Shell-Collecting (GOP 1880)
Wonderful Fish, by Frederick Whymper (GOP 1884)
Exotic specimens of the deep.

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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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