Curtis Botanical Magazine Prints 1948-1980

While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.

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Each print measures approximately 5 1/2 inches by 9 inches.

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.

For the first time we are offering prints from the 1948-1980 years.  Though printing methods have changed, in some ways time has stood still for this most unique and enduring publication.  We still have beautifully drawn botanicals in lavish colour on high quality paper, with the text even more detailed than in earlier years.

Now, it is the turn of the great women illustrators to enchant, and we see in these pages work from Margaret Stones, Kristabel King, Victoria Gordon, Joanna Lowe, Stella Ross Craig, Lillian Snelling, Ann V Webster and Ann Davies.

Lilian Snelling (1879-1972) drew for William Curtisís Botanical Magazine for 30 years from about 1922 to 1952.  She produced over 830 illustrations for the magazine and was considered to be the greatest botanical illustrator of her day.  Margaret Stones, the Australian botanical illustrator, succeeded her as the principal artist for the magazine for over 30 years.  In 1957, she became the first woman artist to design a postage stamp for Australia and is considered the greatest Australian botanical illustrator.

Each single measures approximately 5 1/2 inches wide by 9 inches long. Prints are accompanied by the relevant original descriptive text.

The prints are in excellent condition on white paper. The photos are very accurate, so please review carefully.

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