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botantical Prints

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 Many botanical prints were produced in the nineteenth century when flower painting became popular. Botanical prints include roses, carnations, orchids and other popular flowers along with wild flower, ferns and leaves. Famous artists included Pierre-Joseph Redoute, Pancrace Bessa, Edward Curtis, Jane Loudon and others. The size of the prints vary from about 6 x 8 inches to 18 x 24 inches.  

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a few Examples

Familiar Wild Flowers

Familiar Wild Flowers

Familiar Wild Flowers

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Familiar Wild Flowers is a series of beautiful Victorian chromolithograph flowers prints from Hulme's original botanical studies. It was first printed in a five series set by Cassell between 1878 and 1884. Frederick Hulme also illustrated Familiar Garden Flowers, written by Shirley Hibberd at about the same time. 

Favourite Flowers

Familiar Wild Flowers

Familiar Wild Flowers

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 Edward Step (1855-1931) was a naturalist and author of several books on nature. His works ranged from insects to flowers, and his Favourite Flowers of the Garden and Greenhouse was probably his most well known work. It was originally published in 13 parts in 1896 this collection contained 316 very attractive color plates.  

Flora Londinensis

Familiar Wild Flowers

North American Sylva

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  Flora Londinensis was the first major botanical work of William Curtis, published between 1775-1798. Flora Londinensis describes the flora found in the London region of the mid 18th century.  

North American Sylva

L’Herbier Generale de L’Amateur

North American Sylva

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The prints are the most important work relating to American trees produced in the 19th century by one of the greatest naturalists to work in America. Francois Michaux's work is based on extensive travels in the eastern half of America from the 1790s on. Thomas Jefferson and other leading figures aided Michaux in work and travels.  

L’Herbier Generale de L’Amateur

L’Herbier Generale de L’Amateur

L’Herbier Generale de L’Amateur

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In the 1800's, Pancrace Bessa was a student of both Redoute & Van Spaendonck. He later enjoyed the patronage of the Duchesse de Berry, and her father in law, King Charles X of France.   His most important work was L’Herbier Generale de L’Amateur.  

Les Roses

L’Herbier Generale de L’Amateur

L’Herbier Generale de L’Amateur

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Les Roses are beautiful stipple engravings with original hand-coloring from the famous French artist - . Pierre-Joseph Redoute. Les Roses was completed in both large and small versions while he was under the patronage of the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon. Les Roses is perhaps his most famous work. 

more examples

Flore des Serres

North American Wild Flowers

North American Wild Flowers

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 Flore des Serres et des Jardins de l'Europe ('Flowers of the Greenhouses and Gardens of Europe') (1845–1888) was one of the finest horticulture journals produced in Europeduring the 19th century. Founded by Louis van Houtte and edited together with Charles Antoine Lemaire and Michael Joseph François Scheidweiler, it was a showcase for lavish hand-finished engravings and lithographs depicting and describing botanical curiosities and treasures from around the world. 

North American Wild Flowers

North American Wild Flowers

North American Wild Flowers

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"In 1925 the Smithsonian Institution announced the publication of Mary Vaux Walcott's five-volume North American Wild Flowers.. North American Wild Flowers was a triumph not only for Mrs. Walcott, who was acclaimed by some as the 'Audubon' of American wild flowers, but also for the artisans of papermaking and color printing… Walcott's contribution to popular wild-flower literature of North America is classic" (Belknap, Notable American Women III:526).  

Plantae Utiliores

North American Wild Flowers

Plantae Utiliores

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 Plantae Utiliores was a collection of 42 monthly issues produced in 1842. Plants featured include olives, melons, water lilies, mushrooms, bread-fruit, plants & flowers, including the Swan River daisy. M. Burnett was the sister of Gilbert Burnett, the Professor of Botany at Kings Collage London.