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British Edible and Poisonous Fungi

Worthington G. Smith, London, 1867


ired of designing drains and other routine architectural features, Worthington George Smith turned to illustration, eventually specializing in botanical illustration. His particular interest was mycology; he lectured, wrote and illustrated works on fungi for the British Museum. In July 1875 he was credited with discovering the cause of the devastating potato blight fungus and was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Horticultural Society. Six months later the German mycologist, H. A. de Bary, proved that Smith had been mistaken but the British scientific establishment ignored his evidence and Smith was lauded for the next 20 years.

These 30" x 21" posters were designed to be easily carried on field trips to aid in distinguishing edible mushrooms from poisonous ones. They were backed by linen and could be folded neatly into their small cardboard case.