See Anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 23 October 1984, lot 202 for a similar dinner service and see Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, London 1982, Vol. II, pp. 332-335, fig. 466 for a discussion of the introduction and success of this pattern. Several of the botanical specimens used by Wedgwood for this series can be traced to prints produced in popular publications of the day including: Paradisus Londinensis published by Richard Salisbury (des Fontaines, 1966); English Botany engraved by James Sowerby 1790-1814; and The Botanist's Repository by Henry Andrews 1797-1811. See also Gaye Blake Roberts, True Blue, Transfer Printed Earthenware, Staffordshire, 1998 pp. 32-33 for an article on botanical design sources.