An 1834 horticultural broadside from Dartmouth, Devon
A delightful broadside from the early 19th century asking for a horticultural exhbition in Dartmouth to show of the best of the flowers and vegetables that Dartmouth produced.
“An Address to the Ladies and Gentlemen, and Public in general, of Dartmouth and its Vicinity. It is the wish of the Friends of Flora and Pamona, that there should be an Horticultural Exhibition at Dartmouth; as Exeter and Plymouth being at a great distance from it, there is but little chance of the Public’s ever seeing the best of the Vegetable Kingdom in its beautiful order. I am convinced by perseverance, it may be carried into execution; the intention of it to shew to the Public, by the industrious and experienced Gardener and Cottager, what is really the best to be cultivated for general purposes; and that the humble Cottage may be entwined with the beauties of nature. Anxious to establish so useful an Institution, we whose names are undermentioned have formed ourselves into a Committee, and have taken the liberty of appointing James Strong, Esq,. To be President, and Robert Harris, Esq., Treasurer, for this exhibition, which will take place in the Assembly Room, on Friday the 18th of July next, at 12 o’clock; when your attendance and patronage is respectfully solicited. John Lowday, Mount Galpin. Salter, printer, Dartmouth. June 5, 1834"
The broadside appears to have been laid down on an 1877 document, probably in the 19th century, and traces of the 1877 document can be seen when held up to the light.
Measuring: 44 cm x 21 cm
Dartmouth, England, 1834