If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t give much thought to what the plant which produces the leaves that we brew to make tea looks like. Now that I’ve brought it up…here’s a tea plant drawing. If it reminds you a bit of a camellia, that’s because they are in the same family of plants. (And, no, I didn’t know that before writing this.)
This tea plant drawing is the only one that I will be sharing from Tea and Tea Drinking. The book did have other illustrations but not the sort that I tend to include here. The book was published in 1884 and no artist was identified.
White flowers are shown in full bloom on a small branch with a number of tea leaves. This tea plant drawing is in black and white but the flowers are white in real life too.
I left the artist’s signature, A.E.S, but since they were not identified in the text, the 120 years post publication aspect of copyright comes into play. (At least that is how I have come to understand copyright law.)
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.