Elwes lilies-Walter Fitch & more. 18th-19th century antique lily lithographs & engravings, hand colored. Framed botanical art for gardeners. Get personalized service from an experienced American dealer when you do business with Anne 413-245-4197.

Elwes Lilies – Walter Fitch – A Monograph of the Genus Lilium c.1880.

These are large folio Elwes Lilies, in which Walter Hood Fitch was the botanical illustrator. The antique lithographs  come from the most important book produced on lilies entitled A Monograph of the Genus Lilium, published c.1880.  After the lithographer printed the image from a special limestone plate, the water coloring was meticulously added by an experienced water colorist. 

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Artwork was crafted by Walter (Hood) Fitch. He was a top botanical illustrator during the 19th Century.   These antique lithographs come from the most important book produced on lilies:  A Monograph of the Genus Lilium.   Each of the Elwes Lilies is a large folio, hand colored lithograph.

Buy Now Elwes Lilies:  Folio English Hand Colored Lily Lithographs!

H. J. Elwes’s Monograph of the Genus Lilium, published London 1877.  Lovely hand water colored lithographs. Walter Hood Fitch (1817-1892) was born and educated in Glasgow, Scotland. Fitch moved to London to work with W. J. Hooker, the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew England.  There, Fitch became the sole artist for all official and unofficial botanical illustrations for the Royal Family.  Each print measures  15″ x 21.75″.

Finish your room with this decorative set of framed antique lily lithographs!

Trio of tangerine lilies 19th century botanicals in stunning frames. This set of three antique lily lithographs were printed fin Belgium from 1845-1888, as nursery illustration. They are hand finished color lithographs with exceptionally bright colors in the tangerine realm of color. All pieces are in very good condition, they were featured in my booth in a New York City Antiques Show. Each piece has been framed with conservation materials, including UV glass and ready to hang. The gold picture frames are exquisite, solid wood with ornate scrollwork, reflecting the beautiful colors in the botanicals. Each piece measures 17×20″ $950. plus shipping. Call 413-245-4197 for personal service from Anne.

Lilies – 19th Century Antique Lily Engravings by Curtis & Edwards.

This grouping of Curtis and Edwards botanical engravings are the fold outs which were issued periodically.  Carefully collected for years, we now are offering this beautiful set of lilies. Consider the application of these antique prints in your modern home and historic home as well. Classic artwork is timeless, especially when properly framed, bringing your home decor to another level.

Each vintage lily print measures about 9″ high x 11 1/2″ wide.  They would be dramatic framed in a simple style.  Monotone large matting… Or perhaps an arrangement under an acrylic sheet of plexi glass to use in a modern home or loft. $125. Each.

Like the look of the Curtis Botanicals? See more simple flowers! The antique lily engravings are simple in color.  They are early 19th century, hand colored copper plate, antique lily engravings, on wove rag paper.  Published London 1801-1830, these are genuine antiques.  Predominately shown and for sale here is the work of Curtis and Edwards.  Each botanical illustration was published for the Curtis Botanical Magazine.  Issued once a month, the periodical was received by anxious and excited subscribers.  A small paperback like type of magazine.  Gardeners and well to do people who read would collect, discuss and define garden plans including many of the latest species described.

Syndham Edwards was largely responsible for water coloring each and every illustration immediately after printing.  He was a talented sole. His water color illumination rarely varied from plate to plate, consistent in quality and the actual colors of the water color.  The Curtis Botanical Magazine started in 1787 and still is published today.

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The Art of Lithography:

Lithography was a very laborious process.  It took tremendous skill.  It was a life long craft, once a lithographer, always a lithographer!  No switching back and forth in careers in the OLD days. One would serve a long apprenticeship, sometimes years on end, with little to no pay, in order to become a craftsman like the one skilled to work on these rare Elwes Lilies that Fitch produced. 

Original illustrations were transferred onto a special kind of limestone.  The limestone came out of a certain area of Germany.  The limestone was cut into large slabs, about 1″ thick.  The illustration was meticulously drawn onto the limestone slab with a type of a greasy crayon. What was under the greasy crayon essentially was what was printed in relief.  The finished desired slab was then emerged into nitric acid.  The nitric acid burned away what was not covered by the greasy crayon.  That area was then in relief.  The greasy crayon was wiped off, inked up, and printed onto a piece of heavy wove rag paper.  (The making of the paper is another story).

Water coloring was meticulously added by a very experienced water colorist. Water coloring was also a life long career or craft.  Intense ink from minerals and vegetables and insects made up water colors in the early days. These water colored lithographs are vibrant and beautiful.  The prints themselves are in near perfect condition.