Curtis Flora Londinensis Botanical Prints 1775

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Dog Rose, Rosa canina
CFL1
SOLD
Datura Stramonium
CFL2 $
175
Common Dandelion, Leontodon taraxacum
One of best Dandelions in botanical illustration

CFL3
SOLD
Arum maculatum
CFL4 $
175
Honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum
full margins not shown
CFL5 
SOLD
Convolvulus sepium
CFL6 $
175
Poppy, Papaver rhoeas
One of the best prints in the work
full margins not shown
CFL7
SOLD
Poppy, Papaver dubium
CFL8
SOLD
Orchid, Orchis mascula
CFL9 $
195
Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea
CFL10 $
195
Saponaria officinalis
CFL11 $
195
Molva moschata
CFL12 $
195
Clematis vitalba
CFL13 $165
Malva sylvestris
full margins not shown
CFL14 $
185
Epilobium angustifolium
CFL15 $
175
Hypericum androsaemum
full margins not shown
CFL16 $
155
Lychnis dioica
CFL17 $
175
Epilobium hirsutum
CFL18 $
175
Butomus umbellatus
full margins not shown
CFL19 $
165
Lychnis flos cuculi
full margins not shown
CFL20 $
155
Vinca major
CFL21 $
185
Chicory, Cichorium intybus
full margins not shown
CFL22 $
185
Centaurea cyanus
full margins not shown
CFL23 $
185
Linum usitatissimum
full margins not shown
CFL24
SOLD
Geranium pratense
full margins not shown
CFL25
SOLD
Scabiosa arvensis
CFL26 $
175
Iris pseudacorus
full margins not shown
CFL27 $
195
Caltha palustris
CFL28
SOLD
Inula dysenterica
CFL29 $175
Buttercup, Ranunculus hirsutus
CFL30 $185
Sedum, Sempervivum tectorum
CFL31
SOLD
Common Teasel, Dipsacus sylvestris
full margins not shown
CFL32 $175
Solanum dulcamara
full margins not shown
CFL33 $
155
Geranium pyrenaicum
full margins not shown
CFL34 $
175
Symphytum officinale
full margins not shown
CFL35 $
175
Helleborus viridis
full margins not shown
CFL36 $
195
Hyacinthus non scriptus
CFL37 $
175
Snowdrop, Leucojum aestivum
full margins not shown
CFL38 $
175
Orchid, Orchis fusca
CFL39 $
185
Orchid, Orchis bifolia
CFL40 $
165
Hydrocharis morsus ranae
Full margins not shown

CFL41 $
165
Mercuralis perennis
Full margins not shown
CFL42 $
165
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Curtis Flora Londinensis Botanical Prints 1775

We are honored to offer a selection of superb hand colored folio engravings from the first edition of Flora Londinensis by William Curtis. These first edition prints are the rarest of Curtis's large-scale prints.

This comprehensive and elegant work was Curtis’ masterpiece and the first comprehensive study of the flora of England. The artists included the inimitable James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn, all in their salad days, when the sap ran strong & creative! 

Born in Alton in 1746, William Curtis early on left an apprenticeship at an apothecary to pursue the passion which unites us all, the love of plants. Out of this love came the Flora Londinensis, which, though highly acclaimed by his fellow naturalists, was not a financial success. Curtis had labored on this work for over ten years, selling it out of his own home. He finally came to the understanding that a work of showy & bright exotic plants would be more likely to succeed with the general public than images of the wayside & woodland plants of England. Thus was born, in 1787, the Botanical Magazine, which Curtis called his “pudding” as it earned him sustenance, rather than the unremunerative praise of the Flora Londinensis. We have faith that time has allowed us to developed a much greater appreciation of this seminal work. 

(References: Sotheby's 1987 Catalog, pg. 140 & Blunt, The Art of Botanical Illustration, 1950, pg. 184-185)


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