Walter Hood Fitch Curtis Palms, Pineapples, Exotics

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Musa Ensete, Bruce's Banana, 2 prints
Areca Baueri, Norfold Island Betel Palm, New Zealand
WFC156 $75
Morenia Fragrans Palm
WFC164 $55
Chamaerops Fortunei Chusan Palm, China
WFC165 $45
Mr Cuming's Wine Palm
tight left margin
WFC166 $45
Sea Shore Diplothemium Palm
WFC167 $55
Ernes Augustus Chamaedorea Palm, male
WFC168 $65
Ernes Augustus Chamaedorea Palm, female
WFC169 $65
Elegant Chamaedorea Palm
WFC170 $55
Malortiae Gracilis Palm
WFC171 $55
Malortiae Simplex Palm
WFC172 $55
Ghiesbrecht's  Geonoma Palm
WFC173 $45
South African Palmite
WFC174 $45
Mr Skinner's Zamia
WFC175 $45
Fern Leaved Stangeria Cycad
WFC180 $35
Anchovy Pear
WFC181 $45
Northolena Fern
WFC182 $35
Pinnated Hound's Tongu Fern
WFC183 $35
Lawson Cypress
WFC179 $45
Cheilanthes Fern
WFC185 $35
WFC189 $35
Grammitis Fern
Pendulous Cypress, China
WFC188 $35
Llavea Fern
WFC192 $35
WFC193 $35
Pandanus Screw Pine
Allosorus Fern
WFC195 $35
Dammara Orientalis, Pitch Pine
Allosorus Fern
WFC197 $45
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Walter Hood Fitch Curtis Palms, Pineapples, Exotics

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-coloured 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 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, 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, so it is doubly satisfying to offer to Curtis collectors.

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