Available collection of Protea antique botanical engravings published c.1800 for Botanical Magazines and Books.  Family Proteaceae is 300 million years old & grows naturally in the Southern Hemisphere.

Family Proteaceae Genus Protea: Curtis Botanical Magazine c.1800

Illustrated for the Curtis Botanical Magazine from 1787-1820, these original copper plate engravings have original water coloring.  People were fascinated with these large flowering plants which were found growing naturally in the Southern Hemisphere. At some 300 million years of age, the hardy family of Proteaceae are still some of the most dramatic flowers found on the planet.

A Collection of Fine Antique Prints Protea Proteaceae

Our collection of Protea antique botanical engravings, are sold individually or in sets.  Each piece measures 6×9 1/2″  Call Anne at 413-245-4197 to place your order or email: anne@annehallantiqueprints.com

Rare Antique Protea Flower Engravings, Henry Andrews c.1820

Protea Engravings by Henry Andrews.  These protea antique botanical engravings were published almost as encyclopedias, or a go to library of botany, illustrated with magnificent hand colored engravings. These old flower prints were produced in the early 19th Century, c.1820 and are  English water colored copper plate engravings on hand made rag paper.

Each old print measures @ 8 1/4 x 11″ They are in bright colors and are in very good condition. $150. each.  Call Anne at 413-245-4197 to discuss your order.

It was an incredible endeavor to publish these antique prints of flowers:

An incredible laborious endeavor of all those involved in producing something like these antique flower engravings of Protea by Henry Andrews & Curtis. 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.

Phone: 413-245-4197 Email: anne@annehallantiqueprints.com

Read some interesting facts about Protea.

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