James Bateman, Pl. 1 Odontoglossum Nebulossum, A Monograph of Odontoglossum, 1864–1874, hand-colored lithograph
This week only, enjoy a substantial discount on an exquisite hand-colored lithograph, Pl.1, Odontoglossum nebulossum, from James Bateman's celebrated work, A Monograph of Odontoglossum.
In excellent condition, with fresh original color. Published in London. 21.25 x 15.25 inches.
$1,950 this week only (list price $3,200). Offer expires 12-18-17.
During his lifetime, Bateman published three magnificent folios depicting orchids, employing the prolific botanical artist, Walter Hood Fitch (1817–92), to create the paintings for his Monograph of Odontoglussum and A Second Century of Orchidaceous Plants (1867). 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 the Odontoglossum (1864–74) comprises 30 large-scale, hand-colored lithographs.
James Bateman (1811–97), a British horticulturist whose interest in plants began in childhood, became one of the early developers of orchid culture, introducing a “system of cool treatment to Orchids accustomed to a moderate temperature in their native haunts”. This system resulted in the successful cultivation of orchids native to the Andes Mountains. The idea for publishing A Monograph of Odontoglossum, which is devoted solely to orchids native to temperate climates, occurred once Batemen realized that there were enough new specimens brought to England from New Granada (present day Columbia) to warrant a folio depicting the genus, so prized for its beauty.
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