Literary Calligraphy by Susan Loy

July Birth Flowers Selection - "LARKSPUR"


Larkspur is the flower of the month for July and means levity or swiftness in the Victorian Language of Flowers. Larkspur was so-named because the flower's spur resembles the claw of a lark. There are several species of wild larkspur native to North America, including Delphinium exaltatum, tall larkspur, which Susan painted, surrounded by Whitman's lines from Leaves of Grass, lettered in blue, and a border of blue and green.

"Singing my days, singing the great achievements of the present, ... I see the plentiful larkspur."
  ~ Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

These lines were published as the title poem, "Passage to India," in a supplement to Leaves of Grass in 1871 and then in the 1881-edition of Leaves of Grass.

In his book of prose, Specimen Days & Collect, on August 25, 1878, Whitman recorded seeing larkspur among "these perennial blossoms and friendly weeds I have made acquaintance with hereabout one season or another in my walks."

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July Birth Flower "Larkspur"
Text by Walt Whitman

Print Image Size: 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"
Print Paper Size: 8" x 8"
Frame Size: 10" x 10"

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