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Rosa Alba var. Rubicunda WGR137 $135
Each print measures approximately
10 1/2 inches wide by 14 3/4 inches long.
The Genus Rosa was the masterpiece
of Ellen Willmott and the culmination of a lifetimes’
study of the species. It ranks with Redoute’s Les Roses
as one of the definitive and most beautiful works on
roses and remains an important reference for rosarians
Ellen Willmott was an eccentric and
wealthy woman as well as a fanatical horticulturist and
landscape designer. Through her wealth, she was able to
finance many plant expeditions and was honoured by
certain species being named after her.
She resided at Warley Place from
the age of 17, developing a spectacular garden over the
course of many years. Active in the Royal Horticultural
Society, she was awarded the Medal of Honour in 1907.
At one time, she employed as many as 100 gardeners for
properties stretching from Warley Place to France and
Italy. Always eccentric, she scattered seeds of the sea
holly, Miss Willmott’s Ghost, wherever she traveled,
including friend’s gardens. Sadly, in later life, she
became penniless and increasingly eccentric, booby
trapping her garden against plant thieves and carrying a
revolver. Her beautiful home and garden at Warley Place
was sold to pay her debts when she died in 1934 &
ultimately demolished. Today, her land is leased to the
Essex Wildlife Trust and all traces of her magnificent
garden are gone.
The Genus Rosa, published in 1914,
and now a very rare work indeed, is her remarkable
legacy to print and rose-lovers of today. The superbly
artistic renderings of each rose are the work of Alfred
Parsons (1847-1920), an English
landscape painter and illustrator, and demonstrate a
sensitivity offline and form rarely equaled in the
illustration of the rose.
Each chromolithograph print measures approximately
10 1/2 by 14 3/4 inches on a strong creamy paper. The
illustrations are superb and the colors are still bright
and fresh, with little or no foxing on the paper at all.
There is descriptive text for most of the prints, but
noted when not available. A copy of the title page will
accompany your order. All of our prints are authentic
antique prints, guaranteed to be the age stated.
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