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.

 

 

Gould – Columnea schiedeana and Eupherusa eximia

Gould – Gloxinia erinoides and Lophornis verreauxi

Gould – Kohleria spicata and Lophornis delattrei

Gould – Kohleria spicata with Thaumatias candida

Gould – Kohleria warszewiczii and Eucephala chlorosephala

Gould – Kohleria warszewiczii and Lafresnaya gayi

Gould – Nematanthus corticola and Eucephala caeruleo lavata

Gould – Nematanthus corticola and Hypuroptila caeruleigaster

Gould – Nematanthus corticola and Schistes personata

Gould – Sinningia cooperi and Glaucos lanceolatai

Gould – Sinningia douglasii and Smaragdochrysis iridescens

Gould – Sinningia incarnata and Lophornis regulus

Gould – Vanhouttea calcarata and Schistes geoffroyi

Achimenes (Naegelia) amabalis

Van Houtte, 1857

Achimenes ‘Ambroise Verschaffelt’

Lemaire, 1854

Achimenes ‘Edouard Otto’, ‘Dr. Kopf and ‘Edmond Boissie’

Lemaire, 1854

Achimenes amabilis

Bibliographisches Institut in Leipzig, ca 1850

Achimenes argyrostigma

Van Houtte, 1846

Achimenes cupreata

Gand, 1847

Achimenes cupreata

Achimenes cupreata

Achimenes gloxiniaeflora

Achimenes grandiflora

Achimenes heterophylla

Achimenes hirsuta

Paxton, 1843

Achimenes ignescens

Van Houtte, unknown

Achimenes longiflora

Gardener's Magazine, 1850

Achimenes longiflora var. Alba

Van Houtte 1849

Achimenes multiflora

Paxton, 1843

Achimenes multiflora

Achimenes ocellata

Van Houtte, ca 1850

Achimenes ocellata

Achimenes patens

Van Houtte, 1847

Achimenes pedunculata

Curtis, 1844

Achimenes picta

Van Houtte, 1845

Achimenes picta

Achimenes rosea

Aeschinanthus purpurascens

Curtis, 1846

Aeschinanthus splendidus

Aeschynanthus boschianus

Paxton, 1840s

Aeschynanthus cordifolius

Curtis, 1859

Aeschynanthus grandiflorus

Curtis, 1841

Aeschynanthus grandiflorus

Aeschynanthus hildebrandii

Curtis, 1894

Aeschynanthus javanicus

Van Houtte, 1845

Aeschynanthus javanicus

Aeschynanthus lobbianus

Van Houtte, 1848

Aeschynanthus longiflorus

Paxton, 1848

Aeschynanthus longiflorus

Aeschynanthus miniatus

Van Houtte, 1847

Aeschynanthus obconicus

Curtis, 1890s

Aeschynanthus parasitica

Aeschynanthus pulcher

Van Houtte, 1847

Aeschynanthus pulcher

Aeschynanthus ramosissimus

Paxton, 1839

Aeschynanthus speciosus

Van Houtte, 1847

Aeschynanthus splendidus

Moore/Ayres, 1851

Aeschynanthus splendidus

Aeschynanthus tricolor

Lemaire, 1855

Aeschynanthus tricolor

Agalmyla staminea

Van Houtte, 1848

Alloplectus capitatus

Van Houtte, ca 1850

Alloplectus capitatus

Alloplectus concolor

Curtis, 1848

Alloplectus dichrous

Curtis, 1846;  Unknown

Alloplectus pinelianus

Van Houtte, 1846

Alloplectus repens

Van Houtte, 1848

Alloplectus schlimii

Alloplectus vittatus

Linden, 1870

Alloplectus zamorensis

Linden-Andre, 1872

Besleria incarnata

Bessa, 1822

Besleria meilittifolia

Loddiges, 1818

Besleria melitifolia

Bessa, 1822

Besleria pulchella

Besleria pulchella

Loddiges, 1825

Capanea grandiflora

Van Houtte, 1849

Capania grandiflora

Planchon, 1849 (?)

Centrosolenia aenea

Linden, 1875

Centrosolenia bractescens

Centrosolenia glabrata

Curtis, 1850

Centrosolenia picta

Van Houtte, 1845

Centrosolenia picta

Chirita hamosa

Revue Horticole, 1896

Chirita lilacina

Lemaire, 1869

Chirita macrophylla

Chirita marcanii

Chirita moonii

Curtis, 1848

Chirita moonii

Chirita sinensis

Paxton, 1840s

Chirita sinensis

Chirita sinensis

Chirita zeylanica

Neubert, 1849

Chirita zeylanica

Chirita zeylanica

Chirita zeylanica

Columnea and Besleria

Columnea aurantiaca

Van Houtte, 1845

Columnea aureo-nitens

Curtis, 1847

Columnea bulbosa

Columnea crassifolia

Columnea erythrophaea

Columnea hirsuta

Curtis, 1831

Columnea kalbreyeri

Curtis, 1882

Columnea pilosa

Van Houtte, ca 1850

Columnea scandens

Curtis, 1859

Columnea scandens

Columnea scandens

Columnea scandens

Columnea scandens

Columnea schiedeana

Columnea schiedeana

Paxton, 1840s

Columnea splendens

Paxton, 1843

Conrad Gesner

Conradia floribunda

Unknown

Corallodiscus kingianus

Cydaea Belzebuth

Van Houtte, 1865

Cyrilla pulchella

Didymocarpus crinita

Didymocarpus crinitus

Didymocarpus humboldtianus

Van Houtte, 1853/54

Didymocarpus malayanus

Curtis, 1897

Didymocarpus oblonga

Didymocarpus prumulaefolia

Curtis, 1860

Didymocarpus rexii

Curtis, 1830

Dircaea blassii flowers

Van Houtte, 1856

Dircaea blassii plant

Van Houtte, 1856

Dircaea bulbosa var. lateritia subv. alba

Van Houtte, 1856

Dircaea lobulata

Dircaeo-Gesneria purpurea

Van Houtte, 1854/55

Drymonia bicolor

Drymonia cristata

Van Houtte, 1848

Drymonia marmorata

Drymonia punctata

Curtis, 1844

Drymonia turialvae

Verschaffelt/Lemaire, 1869

Drymonia villosa

Curtis/Fitch, 1855

Episcia bicolor

Episcia bicolor

Moore/Ayres (Mag. of Botany), 1851

Episcia chontalensis

Curtis, 1871

Episcia maculata

Curtis, 1890

Episcia mellitifolia

Episcia tessellata

Verschaffelt/Lemaire, 1869

Eucodonia naegelioides Diamantina

Eucodonopsis naegelioides

Van Houtte, 1865

Gesnera allagophylla

Edwards, 1835

Gesnera bulbosa

Bibliographisches Institut in Leipzig, ca 1850

Gesnera cinnabarina

Hibbard, 1870

Gesnera coruscans

Paxton, ca 1850

Gesnera discolor

Gesnera discolor flowers

Paxton, 1842

Gesnera discolor plant

Paxton, 1842

Gesnera douglasii var. verticillata

Gesnera exoniensis

Hibbard, 1870

Gesnera fascialis

Curtis, 1838

Gesnera gardneri

Paxton, 1849

Gesnera herbertii/Gesnera gerardiana

Paxton, 1847

Gesnera lateritia

Maund, ca 1837

Gesnera marchii

Curtis, 1839

Gesnera mollis

Paxton, 1841

Gesnera tuberosa

Curtis, 1838

Gesnera zebrina

Gesnera zebrina

Sweet, 1854

Gesnera zebrina

Gesneria (Isoloma) crianai/trianaei

Herinq, 1863

Gesneria aggregata (2 plates)

Curtis, 1827

Gesneria bulbosa

Gesneria bulbosa

Gesneria bulbosa var. lateritia

Curtis, 1846

Gesneria cochlearis

Curtis, 1840

Gesneria cooperi (top)

Floricultural Cabinet

Gesneria donkelaariana

Gesneria donklarii

Curtis, 1858

Gesneria douglasii

Gesneria douglasii

Gesneria douglasii

Van Houtte, 1854-55

Gesneria douglasii var. verticillata

Paxton, 1838

Gesneria elliptica var. lutea

Van Houtte/Lemaire, 1846

Gesneria elongata

Gesneria elongata

Gesneria grandis

Turpin, 1829/30 (likely from Dictionnaire des Sciences Naturelles)

Gesneria hondensis

Gesneria leopoldi

Van Houtte, 1852

Gesneria libanensis

Curtis, 1848

Gesneria lindleyi

Curtis, 1837

Gesneria macrostachya

Gesneria mollis

Curtis, 1840

Gesneria oblongata

Paxton, 1839

Gesneria pardina

Curtis, 1848

Gesneria picta

Curtis, 1849

Gesneria prasinata

Edwards, 1820

Gesneria purpurea

Curtis, 1859

Gesneria rupestris

Gesneria rupestris

Paxton, 1838

Gesneria rutila

Edwards, 1828

Gesneria sceptrum var. ignea

Curtis, 1837

Gesneria seemannii

Curtis, 1850

Gesneria stricta

Curtis, 1848

Gesneria tomentosa

Gesneria tomentosa

Bessa, 1824

Gesneria triflora

Curtis, 1847

Gesneria verticillata

Curtis, 1827

Gesneria zebrina

Curtis, 1842

Gloxinia “A Double Corolle”

Van Houtte, 1873

Gloxinia “Maxima”

Paxton, 1838

Gloxinia “Rosea Alba”

Gloxinia hybrids

Gloxinia Mammouth

Gloxinia nouveau hybrids

Lemaire-Linden, 1869 (L'illustration Horticole)

Gloxinia varieties

Fitch (Floral Mag), 1861

Gloxinia Adamas-oculata

Gloxinia caulescens

D'Orbigny, 1847

Gloxinia caulescens

Gloxinia digitaliflora

Paxton, 1834

Gloxinia fimbriata

Gloxinia Fyfiana

Floricultural Cabinet, 1847

Gloxinia fyfiana

Gloxinia gesnerioides

Van Houtte, 1846

Gloxinia hirsuta

Curtis, 1826

Gloxinia hirsuta

Gloxinia hypocyrtiflora

Curtis, 1867

Gloxinia maculata

Curtis, 1809

Gloxinia maculata var. insignis

Verschaffelt/Lemaire, ca 1863

Gloxinia pallidiflora

Van Houtte/Lemaire, 1846

Gloxinia rubra

Floricultural Cabinet, 1841

Gloxinia rubra

Gloxinia rubra, The Backstory

Gloxinia speciosa

Curtis, 1817

Gloxinia speciosa

Gloxinia speciosa

Edwards, 1817

Gloxinia speciosa

Gloxinia speciosa var. albiflora

Curtis, 1833

Gloxinia speciosa var. macrophylla

Curtis, 1842

Gloxinia speciosa var. Menziesii

Curtis, 1842

Gloxinia speciosa-caulescens

Gloxinia teuchleri

Gloxinia tubiflora

Curtis, 1842

Gloxinia tubiflora

Haberlea rhodopensis

Heintzia tigrina

Hypocyrta brevicalyx

Gand, 1888

Hypocyrta glabra

Hypocyrta leucostoma

Van Houtte, 1847

Hypocyrta scabrida

Van Houtte, unknown

Hypocyrta strigillosa

Isoloma pictum

Van Houtte, 1850

Klugia notoniana

Van Houtte, ca 1851

Liebegia speciosa

Van Houtte, 1847

Locheria magnifica

Lysionotus ternifolia

Mandirola lanata

Verschaffelt, 1856

Mandirola naegelia Roezlii

Van Houtte, 1845

Mitraria coccinea

Neurbert, 1849

Mitraria coccinea

Moussonia elegans

Van Houtte, 1849

Naegelia Sceptre Cerise

Van Houtte, ca 1855

Naegelia varietates

Van Houtte, unknown date

Naegelia amabilis

Van Houtte, 1845

Nematanthus ionema

Van Houtte, 1849

Nematanthus longipes

Niphaea albo-lineata

Van Houtte, 1849

Niphaea argyroneura

Van Houtte, 1853

Niphaea oblonga

Niphaea rubida

Pentarhaphia longiflora

Curtis, 1894

Ramonda nathaliae

Ramondia pyrenaica

Unknown, 1884

Ramondia serbica

Rhytidophyllum auriculatum

Curtis, 1837

Rhytidophyllum floribundum

Saintpaulia ionantha

Saintpaulia ionantha

Curtis, 1895

Sarmienta repens

Sarmienta repens

Curtis, 1883

Scheeria mexicana

Van Houtte, 1853

Sciadocalyx digitaliflora

Linden, 1870

Sciadocalyx warszewiczii

Sinningia guttata

Edwards (Bot.Reg.), 1827

Sinningia guttata

Sinningia helleri

Edwards (Bot. Reg.), 1826

Sinningia helleri

Sinningia velutina

Curtis, 1846

Sinningia villosa

Sinningia youngeana

Sinningia youngeana

Paxton 1840

Stenogastra concinna

Stenogastra concinna and Stenogastra multiflora

Streptocarpus caulescens

Streptocarpus dunnii

Pole-Evans 1921

Streptocarpus from seed

Botany 1900

Streptocarpus gardeni

Streptocarpus grandis

Pole-Evans, 1941

Streptocarpus meyerii

Pole-Evans, 1939

Streptocarpus michelmorei

Streptocarpus parviflora

Curtis, 1882

Streptocarpus polyanthus

Van Houtte, 1845

Streptocarpus polyanthus

Streptocarpus rexii

Streptocarpus rexii

Pole-Evans, 1939

Streptocarpus reynoldsii

Pole-Evans, 1941

Streptocarpus saundersi

Van Houtte, 1850s

Streptocarpus vandeleurii

Pole-Evans, 1926

Tapeinotes Carolinae

Unknown

Tapeinotes carolinae

Trevirania candida

Van Houtte, 1848

Trichantha minor

Curtis, 1864

Tydaea hyb. Eekhautei

Tydaea lindenii

Tydaea ortgiesii

Tydaea xGigantea

Tydaea Varieties

Verbascum myconi