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Joel Oppenheimer's Botanical Galleries

James Bateman
James Bateman (1811 - 1897), was one of the early developers of orchid culture. Walter Hood Fitch, (1817 - 1892) the most prolific botanical artist of all time, was employed by Bateman to create the paintings for his magnificent orchid books. Fitch also rendered the images on the lithographic stones and his name or initials are found on every hand-colored plate. Exceedingly rare, A Monograph of Odontoglossum is comprised of thirty large scale hand-colored lithographs.
Antique A Monograph of Odontoglossum Hand-Colored Lithographs

Abbe Laurent Berlese
The most important and definitive work on camellias, the Iconographie du Genre Camellia ou Description et Figures des Camellia Les Plus Beaux et Les Plus Rares depicts three hundred varieties of this spectacular flower. Grown at the gardens and hothouses of Abbe Laurent Berlese, these extremely rare, fine stippled engravings were drawn by J. J. Jung, engraved by Dumenil, Gabriel and Oudet, and printed in Paris by N. Rémond between 1839-1843.
Antique Berlese Stipple Engravings

Basilius Besler
Basilius Besler's magnificent engravings are the first large-folio natural history botanicals. His work, Hortus Eystettensis (Garden of Eichstätt), is man's earliest documentation of a specific garden and is the oldest of all of the great botanicals. Over 1,000 varieties of flowers are depicted in 367 exquisitely engraved and colored plates.
Original Hand Colored Hortus Eystettensis Engravings
Oppenheimer Kew Gardens Edition Prints

George Brookshaw
No other artist captured the romantic symbolism of fruit as did George Brookshaw. Begun in 1804, the completed work was published in London in 1812. It is comprised of ninety magnificent engravings depicting 256 varieties of fruit. He combined stipple, aquatint, and linear engraving with considerable hand coloring as his medium. The resulting large, sumptuous engravings remove the subjects from the earthly context of the soil and edify them in their most ripened state.
Antique Hand-Colored Pomona Britannica Engravings

Priscilla Susan Bury
Priscilla Bury occupies a singlular position in botanical art. Unlike Reoute or Poiteau, she was not trained as a botanist or patronized as a professional artist. Her remarkable contribution, A Selection of Hexandrian Plants, which depicts flowers with all six stamens, is the largest scale, amost unusual and rarest of all nineteenthc-century botanicals. Comprised of 51 images, it was produced from 1831 to 1834. Only 79 sets were sold.
Antique Hand-Colored A Selection of Hexandrian Plants Engravings
Oppenheimer Field Museum Edition A Selection of Hexandrian Plants

Robert Furber
founded Kensington Nurseries in England. A member of the Society of Gardeners, in 1727 he began publishing seed catalgues and became particularly well known for his illustrated catalogue. The Flower Garden Display'd depicted the year, month by month, in flowers and was the first horticultural seed catalogue of its time. Over 400 different blooming flowers are depicted in strikingly elegant boquets, appropriate to season.
Complete set of Furber's The Flower Garden Display'd Engravings

Heeyoung Kim
Heeyoung Kim is a contemporary botanical artist with a focus on the wildflowers of the Midwestern tallgrass prairie lands. She has been exhibiting her work since 2008 both locally and abroad, and her detailed renderings have won numerous awards including Best of Show from New York Horticultural Society (2012) and Gold Medal from Royal Horticultural Society London (2012). Click below to see a selection of available work.
Original Watercolors

Margaret Mee
Margaret Mee's lavish paintings of orchids and bromeliads from the Amazonian forests represent more than the life and spirit of a talented artist drawn to adventure. Her eloquent and precisely painted visions of the vanishing rainforest lay vibrant testimony to the struggle between nature and commerce, thus working to preserve the wild habitats she painted and loved. She is a twentieth-century embodiment of the artist-explorer, with the added virtue of social consciousness.
Oppenheimer Kew Gardens Edition of Mee's Flowering Amazon

Maria Sibylla Merian
In June of 1699, the artist-naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian departed from Amsterdam, on a arduous journey to the Dutch colony of Surinam on the northeastern coast of South America. There she would observe the insect world and the plants that inextricably connected to their life process. In 1705, two small editions were published, with 60 engraved plates, in Latin and Dutch. In all, three editions of Merian's Metamorphosis were published. The later two include 12 additional plates.
Antique Hand-Colored Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium Engravings
Oppenheimer Kew Edition Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium

Thomas Moore
"The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland" published in 1855 by botanist Thomas Moore; nature printing by Henry Bradbury; a scientific documentation of all the varieties of ferns found in the British Isles.
Thomas Moore The Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland

George Perry
"Conchology, or the Natural History of Shells" published by George Perry, 1811, in London. Original drawings by John Clarke and engraved by William Miller. Perry's folio consisted of 61 hand colored aquatint plates; this work represents the only work on shells illustrated with aquatint.
George Perry Conchology, or the Natural History of Shells

Pierre Antoine Poiteau
Poiteau, working with Rédouté's printer, Langlois, achieved a superb realistic and tactile quality with his remarkable fruit pictures. In 1846 he published a final version, without Turpin, of what is considered by many to be the finest example of pomological art ever created: Pomologie Français. It is among the last great folios of fine stipple engravings from this era. We are pleased to offer this major collection of Poiteau's work. Every print is in excellent condition.
Original Antique Pomologie Français Stipple Engravings

Clara Maria Pope
Clara Pope was gifted as a portraitist and climbed the social ladder with her talent for painting portraits of those in high society . Eventually Pope was discovered by Samuel Curtis, the famous editor of Curtis' Botanical Magazine. Curtis commissioned Clara to author the paintings for his planned Monograph on the Family Camellia. The book was published in 1819.
Oppenheimer Kew Gardens Edition A Monograph on the Genus Camellia

Pierre-Joseph Redouté
Redouté is credited with perfecting the stipple technique and applying it to rendering his flower paintings. Amazingly, he not only survived the Revolution, but attracted the patronage of Josephine Bonaparte, in a seamless transition from the royal court to the French Republic. In 1798, Josephine acquired a substantial estate, Malmaison, where she created botanical gardens of the rarest and most beautiful plants obtainable. Redouté's Les Roses contains many roses from Malmaison, as well as from other significant gardens of the time.
Les Roses Choix des Plus Belles Fleurs Les Liliaceés
OE Les Roses OE Choix des Plus Belles Fleurs OE Les Liliaceés

Dr. Robert John Thornton
Temple of Flora is perhaps the single most famous of all florilegium. To produce it, he employed other artists and engravers. He intended to issue seventy plates dramatically and poetically illustrating Linnaeus' discoveries about the sexual system of plants. It required the completion of only twenty-eight plates to bring financial ruin upon the well-stationed physician. The project fell victim to Thorton's almost fanatical attention to detail and the changing taste of a social elite.
Original Antique Temple of Flora Engravings
Oppenheimer Kew Gardens Edition Temple of Flora
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