Enliven your interior with this magnificent antique original engraving Bury Pl. 23, Vibrant Red Amaryllis!
Using crisp linework and supple colors, Priscilla Susan Bury astutely captures the delicate character of the flower. Breathe life into your home with the addition of this antique botanical engraving!
About A Selection of Hexadrian Plants
Priscilla Susan Bury’s A Selection of Hexadrian Plants depicts flowers with six stamens including amaryllis, crinums, pancratiums, and lilies. The unique parameters of her folio – that the flowers depicted have six stamen – were inspired by the Linnean system of classification which categorized plants based on their reproductive characteristics (i.e. stamen and pistils). Bury’s flower “portraits” depict the species against a sparse background so that sole focus can be lent to the flower without distraction. Her folio contains 51 aquatint engravings produced from 1831 to 1834 by renowned London engraver, Robert Havell, Jr.. These rich aquatint engravings are partly printed in color and partly hand-colored. Also the publisher of this work, Robert Havell produced Bury’s folio at the same time that he was engraving renowned artist-naturalist John James Audubon’s plates for the Birds of America. In fact, John James Audubon was listed among the subscribers to Bury’s splendid 19th-century botanical folio.
About Priscilla Susan Bury
Priscilla Susan Bury was a self-taught artist and botanical illustrator who, despite her lack of formal training, created one of the largest, most unusual, and rarest 19th-century botanical folios, A Selection of Hexandrian Plants. Growing up in Victorian England, Bury was exposed to a thriving horticultural atmosphere that inspired her interest in plants and gave her ample resources to work from. Throughout her career, Bury contributed numerous illustrations to major botanical magazines and published her own folio A Selection of Hexandrian Plants.
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