Sunday Garden: Volume 75 (1849) of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine

 

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Mojave Mound Cactus (Echinocereus polyacanthus) by Walter Hood Fitch.

For this week’s Sunday Garden feature, I am featuring Volume 75 of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, published in 1849 and edited by Sir William Jackson Hooker. The botanical SciArt created for this issue was done by Walter Hood Fitch. Fitch was a prolific botanical artist who produced more than 2,500 illustrations for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and thousands more for other works. Many of these illustrations can be viewed in Biodiversity Heritage Library‘s Flickr account here. Hooker, also an illustrator, was best known for his work as a botanist, particularly his botanical expeditions, and his role as Director of Kew Gardens from 1841 to 1865. In addition, he edited 38 volumes of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine from 1827–1865.

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Hidden Ginger (Curcuma petiolata). SciArt by Walter Hood Fitch.

Curtis’s Botanical Magazine is the longest running botanical publication, having been published continuously since 1787 and is currently produced by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The botanical art featured in each issue was produced by leading botanical artists of the time. Volume 75 was contributed for digitization in Biodiversity Heritage Library by the Peter H. Raven Library of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Sunday Garden: Flowers & Fruits from Java

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This week’s HSA Sunday Garden focuses on the incredible art and science of Berthe Hoola van Nooten from her Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de l’ille de Java (c1880). Java is a large island of Indonesia, which Hoola van Nooten moved to Java around 1860 with her brother. She was able to publish her work due to the patronage of Queen Sophie of the Netherlands, and the chromolithographs of her illustrations were executed by Pieter De Pannemaeker, the Belgian lithographer. Sadly, Hoola van Nooten died in poverty at age 74 in what is now called Jakarta, despite the popularity and success of her work.

This work was digitized by the Raven Library of the Missouri Botanical Garden for inclusion in Biodiversity Heritage Library. You can explore all 40 chromolithographs from this exquisite work in BHL’s Flickr album.

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Cacao Tree (Theobroma cacao), the source of chocolate!

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Flame Tree (Delonix regia).

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Papaya (Carica papaya). 

Wouldn’t these look great hanging on a wall? You can download high resolution versions of these illustrations, along with many others, from Biodiversity Heritage Library! Learn more here.

Sunday Garden: Ladies’ Flower Garden

Jane Webb Loudon

The Ladies’ Flower Garden, Vol. 2 (1844) was written and illustrated by Jane Webb Loudon (1807-1858). The 50 hand-colored chromolithographs include many varieties of flowers grouped as bunches, which was a signature artistic method of Loudon’s.

This volume was contributed for digitization by Smithsonian Libraries for inclusion in Biodiversity Heritage Library. Explore more of Jane Loudon’s works in BHL.

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Varieties of Chrysanthemum indicum

 


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Plate 86: Beardtongues
1. Gentian-like Penstemon (Penstemon gentianoides)
2. Slender Penstemon (Penstemon gracilis)
3. Smooth Penstemon (Penstemon laevigatus)
4. Bell-flowered Penstemon (Penstemon campanulatus)


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Plate 95: Irises
1. Chalcedonian Iris (Iris susiana)
2. Florentine Iris (Iris germanica)
3. Nepal Iris (Iris germanica)
4. Savannah Iris (Iris tridentata)
5. Dwarf Iris (Iris verna)


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Plate 63: Bellflowers
1. Campanula medium
2. Campanula alpina
3. Campanula alliariifolia
4. Campanula barbata
5. Campanula sarmatica
6. Campanula punctata

Wouldn’t these look great hanging on a wall? You can download high resolution versions of these illustrations, along with many others, from Biodiversity Heritage Library! Learn more here.

Sunday Garden: Reichenbachia

Reichenbachia

This week’s #HSASundayGarden features Reichenbachia, Vol. 1 (2nd Series, 1891) by orchidologist Frederick Sander with SciArt by Henry George Moon and others. The header illustration features Miltoniopsis vexillaria. Explore all 43 illustrations from this stunning work in Biodiversity Heritage Library‘s Flickr album. Thanks to the Peter H. Raven Library of the Missouri Botanical Garden for digitizing this book!

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Disa uniflora by Henry George Moon.

 

 

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Oncidium candelabrum by Henry George Moon

Wouldn’t these look great hanging on a wall? You can download high resolution versions of these illustrations, along with many others, from Biodiversity Heritage Library! Learn more here.