Search lilies in our unique gallery of antique lily lithographs and hand colored engravings. Including the work of Elwes, Fitch & Curtis.
Lilies – Antique Botanical Illustrations are Classic yet Modern in feel.
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.
This grouping of Curtis and Edwards botanical engravings are the fold outs. Carefully collected for years we are offering this beautiful set of modern looking ones for sale here. Assorted flowers but quite simple in coloration to be considered for your modern home décor! Classic artwork is timeless. 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.
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. Click here to contact us.
Elwes – Fitch A Monograph of the Genus Lilium: Rare & Important work on Lilies from c.1880
I am happy to provide my customers with these Elwes antique prints of Lilies, in which Fitch was the botanical illustrator.
Additional Elwes Lilies: Large English Hand Colored Lithographs!
The artwork is 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 piece is gorgeous, large folio hand colored lithographs. Click here to contact us.
The Art of Lithography:
The art of 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 Fitch produced. The desired, original illustration was 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).
The 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. The lilies are stunning to look at in person