No 76 (Two purple Irises with stamen and pistil)
William Curtis was an 18th century Englishman who devoted his life to the study of botanicals. The arrival of exotic botanical specimens to England promoted a demand for detailed and accurate information concerning the new plants. The Botanical Magazine, or Flower Garden Display'd, later known as Curtis' Botanical Magazine, was issued in a small format in monthly installments. Each installment arrived wrapped in blue papers and contained three hand colored botanical illustrations along with their accompanying text, describing each plant and its attributes. The first issue of the periodical was printed in February 1787 and was an immediate success. The Botanical Magazine is considered to be the first horticultural magazine. It remained so popular that it continued to be produced with hand- colored engravings up into the 1940s!
This beautiful description of a single purple iris is framed with a hand painted French wash matting and gold leaf frame.
Hand colored engraving.
9.5 x 5.5 inches sheet, 13.5 x 16.5 inches framed.
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