Four Framed Georgian Double Page Botanical Engravings - William Curtis, London 1823
A set of four original double page hand coloured botanical copper plate engravings by William Curtis, London.
Dated - 1823
Each frame 41.5cm x 34cm. Mounted in brushed black spooned frames
Due to being double folding page, these prints to bare slight crease lines.
Curtis lived in London and worked as a pharmacist but his interest in the natural world, particularly plants and insects, soon overtook his life. In 1777, the first volume of Flora Londnensis was available to the public. This is considered to be Curtis’s best work and it was the first all-inclusive study of the plant life of England. There were only about 300 copies of this work published in the first edition. To complete this sizable project of 432 engravings, Curtis employed several colorists whose talents varied. Artists that contributed to the work include James Sowerby, Sydenham Teak Edwards, Francis Sansom & William Kilburn.