Shop for Lily Prints: Elwes Lilies by Walter Hood Fitch, Curtis Botanical Magazine & Syndham Edwards… Enjoy our unique gallery of antique lithographs and hand colored engravings.
Elwes Lilies – Walter Fitch – A Monograph of the Genus Lilium c.1880.
I am happy to provide my customers with Elwes Lilies, in which Walter Hood Fitch was the botanical illustrator. These antique lithographs come from the most important book produced on lilies A Monograph of the Genus Lilium, published c.1880.
All of these are available, just call 413-245-4197 and speak to Anne.
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 lithographs.
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Lilies – Antique Botanical Illustrations – Classic for Modern Homes
Each old flower 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.
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.
These fold out antique flower prints are simple in color. They are hand colored copper plate engravings on wove rag paper. Published in London from 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.