Quito Passion Flower
Botanical Prints from Walter Hood Fitch
from Curtis Botanical Magazine 1838 - 1904
Passiflora Tacsonia species. Not sure which one.
Looks too reflexed for P. mixta.
|William Curtis began publication of the
Botanical Magazine in February 1787 and continued almost without
interruption for 160 years. After Curtis edited the first 13 volumes, the
publication continued under the editors: John Simms (1800-1826), William
Jackson Hooker (1827-1865) and Joseph Dalton Hooker (1865-1904). The
images were engraved and hand-colored by many artists including Sydenham
Edwards, William Graves, James Sowerby, John Curtis, William Jackson
Hooker, W.H. Fitch, Matilda Smith, Lillian Snelling and Stella Rose Craig.
The plates are known for their fine detail and delicate coloring.
References: Blunt (1994) pp 211 - 217, Great Flower Books pp 156 - 157,
Nissen BPI 2350, Staflue 1290.
All illustrations are by Walter Hood Fitch, one of the most celebrated and talented botanical illustrators of the Victorian era. During his time, the Curtis Botanical Magazine experienced another heyday. It is a time characterized by the inclusion of many exotic species from Africa, Asia & Australia. He was succeeded by Nugent Fitch, his nephew, who was trained by his uncle, and who continued in a very similar style. Each single is untrimmed, measuring approximately 5 3/4 by 9 1/2 inches. Prints are accompanied by the relevant descriptive text. The condition of these prints is excellent with little or no foxing on strong, thick paper that is still quite white.