The appreciation of ferns reached a highpoint in mid-nineteenth-century Britain, when refinements in the microscope allowed the close examination of the plant's spores, or reproductive structures. At the same time, ferns became a fashionable decorative motif for pottery, furniture, glassware, and fabrics. This fascination with plant life coincided with the early development of photography. William Henry Fox Talbot was an avid botanist who used ferns as subjects for his photographic experiments. Other amateur photographers in Britain, including Anna Atkins, were quick to learn the new process. Llewelyn created this image using what Talbot called "photogenic drawing," today known as a photogram.