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.
A substantial proportion of the prints are presented in medium quality scans at relatively low resolution. If you need higher quality or higher resolution images, please contact us and we’ll see what we can do. All of the prints are long out of copyright, and can be used freely. Credit to the GRW would be appreciated.