Walter Hood Fitch Prints from Curtis Botanical Magazine

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Gustavia Insignis
WFC13 $
45
Camellia Rosaeflora
WFC8 $
45
Eucharis Grandiflora
WFC14 $
45
Rosa Sericea
WFC16 $
45
Peony Emodi
WFC17 $
45
Camellia Sasanqua
WFC18 $
45
Gustavia Pterocarpa
WFC19 $45
Juanulloa Eximia
WFC26 $45
Ipomea Gerrardi
WFC21 $45
Puya Virescens
WFC25
SOLD
Passiflora Arborea
WFC34 $45
Richardia Albo-Maculata
WFC27
SOLD
Tacsonia Van-Volxemii
WFC28 $
55
Tacsonia Eriantha
WFC29 $
45
Tacsonia Quitensis
WFC30 $
55
Begonia Veitchii
WFC32 $
45
Passiflora Arborea
WFC34 $45
Begonia Roseflora
WFC33 $
45
Begonia Rex
WFC37 $55
Begonia Xanthina
WFC38 $
45
Begonia Xanthina
WFC39 $
45
Begonia Mannii
WFC40 $
35
Begonia Griffithii
WFC41 $
45
Episcia Chontalensis
WFC42 $45
Begonia Bowringiana
WFC43 $
45
Begonia Boliviensis
WFC44 $
45
Begonia Falcifolia
WFC45 $
45
Meyenia Vogeliana
WFC46 $
45
Osbeckia Aspera
WFC55 $
45
Pleroma Sarmentosa
WFC48 $
45
Thunbergia Laurifolia
WFC49 $
45
Nolan Lanceolata
WFC50 $45
Thunbergia Natalensis
WFC51 $
35
Hibiscus Huegelii
WFC52 $
45
Argyreia Hirsuta
WFC53 $
55
Franciscea Eximia
WFC54 $
45
Monochaetum Ensiferum
WFC58 $
45
Meconopsis Aculeata
WFC59 $
45
Silene Elizabeth
WFC60 $
45
Barleria Gibsoni
WFC61 $
45
Bignonia Purpurea
WFC62 $
45
Grammatocarpus Volubilis
WFC63 $
45
Dimorphotheca Barberiae
WFC64 $
45
Myosotidium Nobile
WFC65 $
45
Primula Cortusoides
WFC56 $
55
Tachiadenus Carinatus
WFC67 $
35
Impatiens Latifolia
WFC68 $
35
Monochaetum Humboldtianum
WFC69 $
35
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Walter Hood Fitch Prints from Curtis Botanical Magazine

William Curtis began publication of the Botanical Magazine in February 1787 and continued almost without interruption for 160 years. After Curtis edited the first 13 volumes, the publication continued under the editors: John Simms (1800-1826), William Jackson Hooker (1827-1865) and Joseph Dalton Hooker (1865-1904). The images were engraved and hand-colored by many artists including Sydenham Edwards, William Graves, James Sowerby, John Curtis, William Jackson Hooker, W.H. Fitch, Matilda Smith, Lillian Snelling and Stella Rose Craig. The plates are known for their fine detail and delicate hand coloring. The prints are all copper engravings to Volume 70 & then stone or zinc lithography until the introduction of color printing in 1948. It is the longest running botanical magazine and was entirely hand colored until 1948. References: Blunt (1994) pp 211 - 217, Great Flower Books pp 156 - 157, Nissen BPI 2350, Staflue 1290.

These Curtis prints are from the Walter Hood Fitch years, the time of a long collaboration between Fitch and the editor of the magazine, Sir William Jackson Hooker. It was a partnership with William & J.D Hooker which lasted over 40 years, during which time Fitch was the sole artist for Curtis Botanical Magazine & Kew Gardens. Sadly, this creative partnership was dissolved after a financial dispute with J.D Hooker, which both parties regretted, but never resolved.

Walter Hood Fitch was the greatest botanical artist of his time and we are exceptionally pleased to have such a good selection of his finest work. The prints are much rarely than the earlier Curtis, as may fewer were published, with subscriptions numbering in the hundreds, rather than the thousands of early years, so it is doubly satisfying to offer to Curtis collectors. Each print measures about 9 1/2 by 11 1/4 inches and is in excellent condition as shown, with vivid hand coloring.


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