Cape Cowslip 1793 Antique William Curtis Hand-Colored Botanical Wildflower Regency Engraving, Pl 5992

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Here is a gorgeous, original 1793 hand-colored botanical engraving gleaned from William Curtis' 'Botanical Magazine or a Flower-Garden Displayed', published by Curtis from 1787-1800, featuring -

Tab. #5992, 'Lachenalia Tricolor, var. Aurea, a native of South Africa.' The Cape Cowslip.

The painting is on card, untrimmed, measuring 5.75" x 9.25" (15x24 cm) and shows little tanning. Three magazine binding holes are readily seen at the right center edge. There are no marks, creases, folds, or tears on the paper.

A very prolific periodical, 'Botanical Magazine' under Curtis as Publisher featured gorgeous copper plate engraved botanicals, exquisitely hand-colored under his supervision, with descriptive text on each plate. Curtis wanted the work to be scientifically accurate, so plants were drawn meticulously - as the magazine title page states -

"Intended for the use of such Ladies, Gentlemen, and Gardeners, as with to become scientifically acquainted with the Plants they cultivate"

Along with the hand-colored engraving, this listing includes the descriptive paper as well as a copy of the Magazine cover for provenance.

A sumptuous study for framing for your home decor or perhaps to use as background for your art. The work is classically beautiful.

You are purchasing an original 1793 engraving and it does not have watermarks. I will send this to you flat, protected, and by USPS 1st Class mail.

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