Antique Print-COLCHICUM AUTUMNALE-MEADOW SAFFRON-Edwards-Curtis-Sansom-1808



No.1088 – This original antique print shows Colchicum autumnale, commonly known as autumn crocus, meadow saffron or naked ladies, white variety.

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Copperplate engraving/etching with contemporary hand colouring on vellin paper.
Sheet size: 13,5 x 22,5 cm. (5,3 x 8,9 inch). Image size: 11 x 18,5 cm. (4,3 x 7,3 inch).

This print originates from ‘Curtis Botanical Magazine.’ William Curtis began publication of the Botanical Magazine in February 1787 and it continuedeven after his death almost without interruption until 1948. The images were engraved and hand-coloured by many reknown artists. The plates are known for their fine detail and delicate hand coloring. The prints are all copper engravings to Volume 70, then continue with stone or zinc lithography until the introduction of color printing in 1948.

Made by ‘F. Sansom’ after ‘Sydenham Edwards’. John Watts (active 1776-1830) was a British engraver. William Curtis (1746-1799) was an English botanist and entomologist. Curtis began as an apothecary, before turning his attention to botany and other natural history. Curtis was demonstrator of plants and Praefectus Horti at the Chelsea Physic Garden from 1771 to 1777. He established his own London Botanic Garden at Lambeth in 1779, moving to Brompton in 1789. He published Flora Londinensis (6 volumes, 1777 – 1798), a pioneering work in that it devoted itself to urban nature. Financial success was not found, but he went on the publish The Botanical Magazine in 1787, a work that would also feature hand coloured plates by artists such as James Sowerby, Sydenham Edwards, and William Kilburn. This plate engraved by Joseph Swan.

Condition: Good, given age. A few minor spots. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.



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Dimensions 22 × 13 × 1 cm


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