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Illustrations of Himalayan Plants

This exceptional folio botanical lithograph with original hand-coloring is from Joseph Dalton Hooker’s Illustrations of Himalayan plants. The work was published in London by L. Reeve in 1855. The drawings were completed by artists native to the Himalayas. The lithographic illustrations were done by Walter Hood Fitch, one of the most celebrated botanical artists of his time. The work was to be distributed freely “the principal botanists and scientific establishments in Europe” including Charled Darwin through the financing of James F. Cathcart. His untimely death caused for the work to be sold to 176 subscribers. Jan Lewis referred to it as “one of the finest flower books ever produced.”

Fitch translated the original illustrations to correct”the stiffness and want of botanical knowledge displayed by the native artists who executed most of the originals.” (Introduction) “For the title page of the book, Fitch created a design of thirty different species of Himalyan flora. Other pages, vibrant with colour, illustrate such plants as the purple ‘Magnolia campbellii’, or the ‘Querrcus lamellosa’. The Victorians loved superlatives, and they loved this book. Not only did it contain Fitch’s best work, but it was also one of the finest flower books ever produced. It created a sensation in 1855 when it sold for 5 guineas…” (J. Lewis, Walter Hood Fitch, a celebration p. 16)

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