Huge fungus

#Picture Number PF49

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Victorian illustration to download showing a huge fungus, about 15ft across, growing in a tunnel lit by candles. A well-dressed husband, wife and child have come to view it. A report in the Illustrated London News of 15 May 1858 says that the fungus, in a tunnel 46ft deep near Doncaster, ‘has been growing for twelve months, and is still growing … It grows from a piece of timber in the roof of a tunnel, and branches off in every direction till it forms an elegant border of rich white fringe, spangled all over in a most beautiful manner with water drops’.