Aug 232016

Protea. Rare Hand Colored Engravings by Henry Andrews, c.1820

Protea Engravings by Henry Andrews. Old Botanical Prints published almost as an encyclopedia, go to, of botany, illustrated with these magnificent hand colored engravings. These old flower prints were produced in the early 19th Century. These are c.1820 English water colored copper plate engravings on hand made rag. Each old print measures @ 8 1/4 x 11″ They are in bright colors and are in very good condition. $150. each.   Click here to contact us. or call Anne at 413-245-4197.

An incredible laborious endeavor to publish these Antique Prints of Protea:

A n incredible laborious endeavor of all those involved in producing something like these antique flower engravings of Protea by Henry Andrews. First one had to find and identify each of the species known at the time, to produce a reliable and comprehensive book complete with fine illustrations depicting ALL the species of Protea know by the time of publication. Second, the illustrations had to be meticulously drawn, with the best accuracy. The image would be transferred onto a copper plate and engraved with engarver’s tools called burins. The paper was hard to acquire, it had to be made by a paper maker, a lifetime career, and the engraver would have to re engrave another plate after just 300 strikes or prints printed. Then there was the illumination of color, applied by water color.  The water colorists, frequently young women due to their excellent eyesight,  would die at young ages, due to licking the tips of their toxic paint brushes. Yet these old prints still exist in super fine condition and exemplary condition. That is mostly due to the quality of the rag paper. Paper was made of rag right up through the turn of the 20th Century. Coming from linen, flax, etc, NOT TREES, there was no acid in the paper. Very expensive to acquire, inconsistent, etc. TODAY Paper is made from trees, and was during the 20th Century, is highly acidic and does not last for long.

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Aug 232016

Anthurium Flower Prints:  Antique Chromolithographs!

Anthurium Flower Prints. Old hand finished color lithographs! These are vivid stunning antique images. Old prints of Hawaiian flowers including these gorgeous Anthuriums. These antique lithographs were published  1869-1896. These are stunning hand finished color lithographs produced in Belgium during the 19th Century.   Each old print measures about 10×13″. Click here to contact us.

Issued on a periodic basis as nursery illustrations,  each and every color seen was applied by an individual  key stoned limestone plate. This is an antique printing method, widely used during the 1800’s,  frankly a lost art today.  A special type of limestone, generally came from Germany. It had the correct porosity to become a lithograph. A type of a greasy crayon was drawn onto the smooth surface of the prepared limestone plate. The plate was then emerged into nitric acid, leaving in relief what was under the greasy crayon. The greasy crayon then was wiped off.  This would be the plate for that one individual color. The process was repeated for every single color desired for the final illustration. Chromolithography was a  painstaking craft. A process where perfection was key for the success of the publisher, the printer, the lithographer and ultimately the purchaser of the study. Either the image would be in focus once printed or distorted. Your profession as a lithographer depended on your skill to produce exact colors and details. After an illustration was perfectly printed, then water colors finishing could be added to enhance the botanical illustration.

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Aug 232016

Buchoz Jacinthes 18th Century Hand Colored Engravings


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Other Special Flowers:  Antique Prints of Magnolias, Engraved and Lithographed:

Antique Prints of Magnolias.  These were published periodically in England and in Belgium.  Here is a selection of antique magnolia prints. Rare because there were very few botanical illustrations of Magnolias published during the 18th & 19th Centuries.  Included here is the work of Van Houtteano, Verschaffelt,  Curtis and Edwards.  19th Century engravings & lithographs, hand colored.  Each antique print is priced individually. 


Gardening Info on Magnolias:

Today there are some 80 different kinds of Magnolias.  They can be evergreenssemi evergreen, or the kind we have in the Southern United States are big beautiful deciduous species.

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Narcissus by Curtis – Antique hand colored copper plate engravings c.1820:

Narcissus by Curtis and Edwards.  English hand colored copper plate engravings on rag paper.  Each antique print has been double matted in rag to a standard size,  measuring 11×14″  Priced at a reasonable $85. each.

Special flowers including old engravings of Geraniums.  Spring flowers include Iris, Daffodils & Tulips. We are pleased to offer old botanical prints by Curtis, Edwards & Sweet.  These are antiques of  flowers that deserve their own category.   These old botany were prints produced over 100 years ago.  Antique  flower prints are old engravings and lithographs that were produced a long time ago for botanical magazines.  They were produced by Sweet, Curtis & Edwards and other botanical illustrators from the 1700’s through the 1800’s.   Do you love to grow begonias?  Did you know that Iris means thoughtful! Here are old prints of special varieties of flowers including Geraniums, Begonias, Iris, Daffodils & Tulips. Old botany prints for the collector and gardener alike.  Antique botany prints for sale from Anne Hall Antique Prints!

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A copper plate engraving is an antique printing method whereas a thin paper like piece of copper was attached to a block of wood. Tools called burins were used to engrave into the copper. The copper plate was carefully inked up and printed onto a piece of hand made rag paper. Water colors could be added by hand.

Lithography is an antique printing method. Generally a lithograph was printed in one color. A type of greasy crayon was used to draw onto a special type of limestone, with just the right porosity. After the image was completed, the limestone was emerged into nitric acid, burning away what was not under the greasy crayon, leaving that portion in relief. It was inked up and printed. The image frequently was illuminated with water colors.

Chromolithography is an antique printing method whereas each color was printed from a key stoned limestone plate. An extended version of lithography, quite laborious requiring a very skilled craftsman to get the registration just right and not distorted.  Botanical illustrations done this way were frequently hand finished with water colors and almubin,  egg whites or gum Arabic to enhance the image. Click here to contact us.

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