Anne Pratt Plate 214 Orchid

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Anne Pratt Plate 214 Orchid


Original antique botanical print from The Flowering Plants of Great Britain.

Green Winged Meadow Orchid, Early Purple O., Dwarf Dark Winged O., Great Brown Winged O.

  • Original antique chromolithograph botanical print
  • By English botanical illustrator Anne Pratt
  • Circa 1855-1866
  • Approximately 6-¼ x 9-⅜
  • Paper is medium weight, blank on the back, and has the natural binding edge
  • Prints of this age show expected signs of age - like darkening around the edges,  some staining and light foxing (see photo for actual condition). The colors remain vibrant and the paper stable. 
  • Arrives in archival sleeve with mat board for archival storage
  • Only one available 
  • Ships next day
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Anne Pratt (1806-1893) from Kent, England, is one of the best known botanical illustrators of the Victorian age. She wrote and published over 20 books. Although she was self-taught, she was said to be responsible for popularizing Botany. Pratt developed her education in Botany due to poor health and a stiff knee as a child, which encouraged her to draw to occupy herself. 

This print is from the first-edition three-volume set of The Flowering Plants of Great Britain, c. 1855-1866, and later changed to The Flowering Plants, Grasses and Ferns of Great Britain

The prints, or plates, are made by a form of printing called chromolithography. The process involves printing each color individually. The colors are oil-based, and when multiple colors are applied, the outcome is a vibrant print with a depth that is similar to a painting.

Publisher Frederick Warne & Co. is widely known for their illustrated books, especially children’s books featuring animals and the outdoors.