Botanical illustrations were created not just for scientific knowledge but also as objects of aesthetic beauty. These prints are considered to be highly valuable and collectible pieces of art, any one of which would make a beautiful addition to your collection.

Death's-Head Hawk Moth

Briony Morrow-Cribbs

Copper Etching

Briony Morrow-Cribbs is a contemporary copper etchings artist. Her botanical illustrations are featured in Amy Stewart's Wicked Plants.

Cat Skinner Press, Freeland, Washington, 2006. Etching. Circular image 6" diameter on a 10 x 10" sheet. "Artist Proof"; signed.

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Alba Nero

Ron Van Dongen

Alba Nero

Van Dongen's work has been widely shown in the US and abroad, and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Signed by Author.Limited edition of 25 copies, in a deluxe clamshell box, with an original 14 x 11 inch matt-surface gelatin silver print (print edition of 25 numbered and signed by van Dongen). The first edition of Alba Nero sold out upon publication in 1999.

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Antique Botanical Print From Sir Joseph Paxton's Magazine Of Botany And Register Of Flowering Plants

Sir Joseph Paxton

Original Antique Botanical Print From Sir Joseph Paxton's Magazine Of Botany And Register Of Flowering Plants

Original hand-colored lithograph by S. Holden. Fine Condition. Octavo (6.25 x 9 inches). Presented in Lowry-James' elegant signature matting treatment of a single Ivory Rag Mat with gilt French line decoration, sized to 12 x 16 inches and suitable for framing. The hand-colored engravings and lithographs from Paxton's Magazine of Botany and Register of Flowering Plants claim their honored place as highlights of Victorian botanical illustration. As the nineteenth century ushered in a profound era of plant hunting and gathering worldwide, newly discovered botanical specimens were brought to Europe for cultivation. Sir Joseph Paxton (1801- 1865) endeavored to include these fine discoveries as part of his floricultural monthly; The Magazine of Botany and Register of Flowering Plants, which also featured the favored British cultivars. Joseph Paxton was, at one time, superintendent of the gardens at Chatsworth House, owned by the Sixth Duke of Devonshire. In addition to horticulture, Sir Paxton's talents extended to Victorian garden design and architecture, which was evidenced by the creation of the Crystal Palace for the Exposition of 1851. An immense iron and glass structure, the Crystal Palace was the unparalleled showcase of Victorian innovation and design, the inspiration for which was Paxton's own Lily House at Chatsworth, where he displayed his prized Water Lilies. Paxton's design and creation of the Crystal Palace was a monumental achievement, for which he was knighted.

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Branches de Rousselet, Peche, Prune, et Raisin

Jean Louis Prevost

Branches de Rousselet, Peche, Prune, et Raisin

Paris: Vilquin, 1805. Stipple engraving, printed in colours and finished by hand by Ruotte. 20 3/4 x 14 inches. An exquisite plate from arguably the most beautiful botanical work ever produced: "a work of outstanding importance and interest". Contemporary with the work of Redouté, 'Collection des Fleurs et des Fruits' is one of the earliest examples of stipple engraved and colour-printed botanical illustration. Published in 12 cahiers (or parts) of 4 plates each, the work was compiled to assist designers of porcelain and fabric, with the plates often showing flowers grouped together, usually matched according to their flowering season. The greatest collection of flower books to be sold at auction in the 20th century was the de Belder collection, sold by Sotheby's in 1987. The catalogue was intended as a true reflection of the uniqueness of the collection, and the cover illustration selected to represent the best of the best was an image from Prevost's 'Collection des Fleurs et des Fruits'. Dunthorne describes it as, "a work of outstanding importance and interest.issued for the specific purpose of maintaining the great French tradition for excellence of design and draughtsmanship. Perhaps no other prints are more worthy of carrying on the tradition of Jean Baptiste and van Spaendonck than these fine examples of Prévost. Whether bouquets or sprays of flowers or fruit, they possess a splendour and freshness amounting almost to fragrance, which is largely due to the quality of the colour printing" (Dunthorne, p. 33).

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Corona Imperialis florum classe duplici [Two-tiered Crown Imperial Fritillary with open flower and seed capsule]

Basil Besler

Corona Imperialis

Hand-coloured engraving. Basil Besler published "Hortus Eystettensis", the earliest large folio botanical, at Eichstatt near Nuremburg, in 1613. He worked on the drawings for the 374 copper engravings over a period of sixteen years using the plants in the garden of Bishop Johann Conrad von Gemmingen, his patron. Depicted in this florilegium were flowers, herbs, vegetables and newly discovered plants such as tobacco and peppers. Besler was, in modern terms, a botanist and horticulturalist, and he was familiar with real and alleged medicinal properties of various plants. Besler had the good fortune to live at a time when exotic plants were being shipped to Europe from all over the world. The garden that he organized and illustrated for his patron was both ornamental and experimental, and the large book he had engraved after his drawings was unique. The prints, made by a team of master engravers, are strong and exquisitely done.

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Pomona Britannica, or a Collection of the Most Esteemed Fruits Pl Lii Black Prince Grape

George Brookshaw

Branches de Rousselet, Peche, Prune, et Raisin

Aquatint & stipple engraving, printed in color and finished by hand. Pl. LII. Black Prince Grape. Folio Edition. A rare and coveted work, Pomona Britannica is considered one of the most distinguished pomologies ever produced, and is described as "one of the finest colour-plate books in existence." (Prideaux). Named for Pomona, the Roman Goddess of Fruit and Fruit Trees, a pomology is simply a treatise on fruit culture. However, there was nothing simple about the intent and execution of this fine and rare work. George Brookshaw was a notable painter and illustrator from London, England.His early career was spent as a London cabinet-maker specializing in painted furniture, often with floral decorations. Brookshaw also published supplementary drawing manuals on fruit, flowers, and birds.

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