Warner & Moore's Orchid Album
after John Nuget Finch, 1882-97
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John Nugent Fitch (1840-1927) (after)
Robert Warner and Thomas Moore (editors)
Orchid Album, Comprising Colored Figures and Descriptions of New, Rare and
Beautiful Orchidaceous Plants

Benjamin Samuel. Williams, Victoria and Paradise Nurseries, London: 1882-97
Chromolithographs
11.25 x 9.25 inches
$450 each

The 528 plates of the Orchid Album were painted and lithographed by John Nugent Fitch, a master illustrator of orchids. Orchids were all the rage in late Victorian England and on the continent and several orchid societies thrived. Benjamin Samuel Williams published the album as a subscription series, with the idea of meeting a demand for orchid illustrations, descriptions and notes on their cultivation. The series reached 11 volumes and was enthusiastically received by horticulturists and orchid enthusiasts. Nearly 400 of the original watercolors are in the Natural History Museum in London.

John Nugent Fitch was the nephew of renowned botanical artist Walter H. Fitch. Both men drew for Curtis's Botanical Magazine.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, wear, soft creases. Colors bright and fresh.

References:

Nissen BBI 2107

Great Flower Books, p.80.

Stafleu 6282.


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