By Appt. Alamo, CA 94507 , United States Call Seller 925.272.8170


A 19th Century Hand-colored Engraving of a Flowering Houseleek Plant by Curtis

$ 275
  • Description
    This early 19th century hand-colored double fold-out botanical engraving is entitled "Sempervivum Glutinosum" (Clammy Houseleek), plate 1963, published in London in 1818 in William Curtis’s 'The Botanical Magazine, or Flower-Garden Displayed'. This beautiful colorful and detailed botanical engraving has two horizontal folds, as issued. There are small holes at the lower edge of the sheet related to its journal binding. It is otherwise in excellent condition. The original English descriptive pages from the publication are included.

    William Curtis (1746-1799) was an English botanist and entomologist. His first career was as an apothecary, but subsequently focussed on natural history. He became an author in his mid twenties, publishing a treatise on collecting and preserving insects. He worked as at the Chelsea Physic Garden from 1771 to 1777, but then established his own London Botanic Garden in 1779. He began publishing 'The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed' an illustrated botanical publication, in 1787. It has become the longest published botanical magazine in history, still published currently. William Curtis was precise in his approach to the research and illustration of plants for the journal. Each illustration is done with attention to detail and color, using copperplate engraving and etching techniques and hand-coloring with watercolor paints. Each print is accompanied by an extensive textual description of the plant, including its scientific features.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Period: 19th Century
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1818
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 585089
  • Dimensions
    W. 9 in; H. 11.75 in;
    W. 22.86 cm; H. 29.85 cm;
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