P.O. Box 586 Downingtown, PA 19335 , United States Call Seller 212.308.2022


Set of Nine Botanical Engravings, Henry Curtis-The Beauty of the Rose

$ 7,500
  • Description
    Set of Nine Botanical Engravings
    Henry Curtis-The Beauty of the Rose,
    Hand-colored Lithographs,

    In this beautiful book 'Beauties of the Rose' Henry Curtis, as well as writing the text, drew all the illustrations on stone so that they could be lithographed for this book, which has two volumes and thirty-eight hand-colored lithographic plates.

    Each print is a hand-colored lithograph heightened with gum arabic showing a prized specimen of the day in full bloom. The roses are beautiful indeed!

    Dimensions: 18 3/4 inches high x 14 7/8 inches wide x 3/4 inches high

    Henry Curtis himself owned two nurseries in Bristol England in the 1800s. The stock of these establishments provided the specimens for his publication The Beauties of the Rose by Henry Curtis. It seems that Henry Curtis drew the roses he sold in his nursery and wrote about them from personal experience. He admits to choosing them "to sit for their portraits when in their best trim" because he wanted to "portray our National emblem and Flora's Pride" in its truest form. He suggests that "its many beauties of form and color have hitherto been so variously described, as to tend rather to confuse than to explain" and that "faithfully-drawn and colored portraits must convey a much better idea of this flower than any verbal description,
  • More Information
    Origin: England
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: hand-colored engraving
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1850
    Styles / Movements: Other
    Dealer Reference #: NY9184-B-nrrr
    Incollect Reference #: 451281
  • Dimensions
    W. 14.9 in; H. 18.75 in; D. 0.75 in;
    W. 37.85 cm; H. 47.63 cm; D. 1.91 cm;
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