Simple Flowers: 16th-19th Century Engravings

Simple Flowers: Antique engravings dating from the mid 1500’s through the 1820’s. Johanne Weinmann’s Phytanthoza Iconographia, Elizabeth Blackwell’s A Curious Herbal, William Curtis Botanical Magazine, leafs from a 16th century herbal, and more.

Framed collection of simple flowers: 

This framed collection of simple flowers, was a custom order. The beautiful grouping consists of 8 botanicals by Curtis, Edwards and Sweet. These eight simple flowers from the c.1820’s are hand colored engravings. They are framed with exquisite silk mats. Arranged and hung four over four, on a 6′ teal colored wall. Looking for the right collection of simple flowers for your wall? Call Anne at 413-245-4197 or email:

Botanical Magazine by William Curtis, Sydenham Edwards & Others

William Curtis established, authored and published an early English periodical named Botanical Magazine in February 1787. He created demand and ran the magazine until 1800. His leadership was followed by foe John Simms 1800-1826, William Jackson Hooker 1827-1865, and Joseph Dalton Hooker from 1865 to 1904. Many artists worked on the publication. They were Sydenham Edwards, William Graves, James Sowerby, John Curtis, William Jackson Hooker, W.H. Fitch, Matilda Smith, Lillian Snelling and Stella Rose Craig. Botanical Magazine was very popular. The watercolors, which were applied to the copper plate engravings, brought the magazine to life. Lots of subscriptions were sold as it was affordable. Subscribers collected issues. Which were generally catalogued chronologically and bound by the year. The art work is copper plate engraving through Volume 70. (After that stone then zinc lithography took over. Lastly, photomechanical color printing ended Botanical Magazine’s life. It ran nearly 160 years.

The artist and illustrator responsible for most of the plates in Botanical Magazine was Sydenham Edwards. English, he lived 1768-1819. He was the first full time artist to work for the magazine. William Curtis had seen Edwards artwork and sought to hire him. Soon Edwards the apprentice and William Curtis became an inseparable friends. They took many expeditions and created the beautiful artwork you are seeing here today. Edwards was the only artist until 1815. After about 13 years of building the establishment, Curtis left Botanical Magazine. He and James Ridgeway, set up a new magazine called The Botanical Register. Which was less prolific and most likely more expensive to subscribe. The work is even more detailed and has more intense watercolors.

Simple flowers, late 18th century – c.1820 antique engravings by Curtis & Edwards. Classic English style, delicate and graceful compositions.  Hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made rag paper. Individually dated at the time they were issued. Each antique botanical engraving measures 5 1/2 x 9 1/2″.   Priced at  $75. each. 3 or more $60. each. Call to place your order 413-245-4197.

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Woodblock botanical engravings: Leafs from a 16th Century Herbal

Small rare hand colored woodblock engravings of simple flowers. Dating to the 1580’s, they are over 300 years old. Each old herbal measures about 4×6.”  Superb condition with some staining, please inspect.

Elizabeth Blackwell A Curious Herbal. Hand Colored 18th Century Engravings.

Old botanical engravings by Elizabeth Blackwell, c.1750, an early female botany illustrator for her Curious Herbal. Almost entirely  dedicated to medicinal botany.  Her work was first printed in England without the decorative text, later printed in Germany with the elaborate text below each image and known to have superior water coloring than the English edition.  An edition devoted to getting her husband out of debtors prison for not serving the required apprenticeship required by the guild. Each old botanical print measure 9×13 and slightly larger, very good condition and color. Click here to contact us.

See early Johanne Kipp scenes of Great Britain from a similar period.

Simple Flowers from c.1750.   Antique Botanical Prints on stunning handmade paper.

Simple Flowers, in terms of content.  These are large and fairly plain vintage botanical engravings from circa 1750.  These are Great Black & White Botanical Prints. English, published in the mid 1700’s.  These are gorgeous.  The hand made hand laid linen rag is even more beautiful. Each measures 10×15″ $150. each.  Old botanicals with out color.  Just black and white, simple engravings, and really old. Click here to contact us.

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Johann Wilhelm Weinmann Phytanthoza Iconographia Early 18th Century Engravings

German hand colored copper plate engravings by Johann Wilhelm Weinmann for Phytanthoza Iconographia, which was published from 1737-1745.  Measuring in at about 9 1/2 x 14”.  Good condition and color. Click here to contact us.

Simple Flowers, delicate flowers from Anne Hall Antique Prints.  Antique flower prints that are rather plain, not too bold.  Antique flower botanical prints in early English styles by Curtis, Edwards and Sweet from the 1700’s and 1800’s.  Black and white botanical prints from the 1700’s.  Some of the old botanical prints are in black & white. Blackwell was an early female botanical illustrator dating back to 1750 in her antique flower prints. The English style print  is  typically delicate looking.  Theses are predominately water colored copper plate engravings.  Compared to the French and Belgian bolder lithography executed in  the 1800’s. Old English flower print by Curtis, Edwards, Sweet. Old medicinal botanical prints by Elizabeth Blackwell c.1750, one of the early female botany illustrators. Her work was first printed in England without the decorative text, later printed in Germany with the elaborate text below each image and known to have superior water coloring than the English edition.

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