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Original antique fern engraving with fine hand coloring from The Ferns of Great Britain, 1855, illustrated by John E. Sowerby one of the foremost botanical illustrators of the era. J Sowerby is one of the prolific and most notable or the venerable Sowerby clan that produced over a dozen family members all of whom either illustrated, wrote and published Natural History Books in the early 1800's in England.

Condition: Any imperfections can be seen in the scans.
Paper: Medium weight Antique paper that is blank on the back.
Size: Approximately 5 3/8" wide x 9 1/4" tall.

Botanically accurate and exceptionally beautiful!

The Sowerby Family pioneered a system of wood block engraving from multiple wood blocks that resulted in vivid finely colored works such as these superb bookplates. A process otherwise called as color wood engraving.  These large projects was almost entirely color printed, with hand finishing.  A comprehensive and beautiful work on ferns from all over the world.  The prints are in excellent condition,   The paper is of heavy stock and has a rich creamy tone to it.
There is no foxing some prints may show some age spots but overall clean and rich color tones.

All our prints are guaranteed to be original antique prints and these prints are almost 150 years old.

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They look perfect on a wall as a series of framed prints!
What we did for a design client was float the print in two pieces of glass similar to the framed images we have in our frames listing - it shows all the edges and the imperfections of the print which makes it standout as a unique art piece. Specially when we did a series of 9 prints! on one wall it just looked Awesome.

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Antique Fern Print By Sowerby


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: antique paper, hand colored, engraving, lithograph
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Favorited by: 4 people