Gesneriads have been represented in prints dating from the late 18th Century. Many of these are excellent examples of the artist’s and print-maker’s art, providing a more useful and more beautiful representation of the plants than is often possible with photography. In most cases, prints made prior to 1850 (and sometimes later) were individually colored by hand. Most of the prints here are hand colored.
Some of our prints were the first publication of the species represented. They thus represent not only fine art, but significant fragments of botanical history.
The links below are to a selection of antique prints from several personal collections. More will be added over time, as they are acquired.
Please note that the prints are presented alphabetically by the name under which the print was published. In most cases we have identified the proper current name for the species, but cannot guarantee that all of these identifications are current or correct. If you need confirmation of a proper current name, please contact us.
Most of these prints are presented at moderately high resolution, typically 2000 pixels on the longest side. Our zoom function allows you to hover your cursor over an image to zoom in to see detail, or to click the image and then click again to see the image at full size, which can be moved around the screen to see all the detail.
Most of the print pages have a link to a downloadable version of the image. You are free to download and to use however you wish, as the images are long out of copyright. Most should print quite nicely at the size they were published at, typically about 9″ x 6″.
If you re-publish them in any way, please credit the Gesneriad Reference Web, and give the URL for the print you are using.