Vintage drawing of a Rex begonia plant. Talks about Flowers was published in 1881 by Mrs. M.D. Wellcome, the author. She unfortunately did not identify the illustrator of this plant drawing or any of the other drawings which she included in her book.
The Rex begonia has large leaves with a silvery stripe and red dots. They like moist soil and can shrivel if exposed to intense sunlight. It is a striking plant that is fairly easy to keep and propagate. This drawing shows the plant being grown in a pot. As you can see, even in this black and white begonia drawing, that the leaves are quite colorful.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.