Victoria Regia by Walter Hood Fitch

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A Fine Art Limited Edition from the International Museum Collection

Victoria Regia by Walter Hood Fitch

LE giclee 26/300 Paper size Paper 25-5/8″ x 19-7/16″. Image size 20-1/4″ x 14-3/8″

Edition medium: Giclée print on Somerset Velvet Paper 330g.

Inks: Archival pigment inks

Color Permanence: Rated for 100+ years

Print Size: 19-7/16″ High x 25-5/8″ Wide.

Limited Edition of 300, numbered 26/300. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Blind embossed with the seal of the NY Botanical Garden

These are no longer being made. This is the last one.



Artist’s Biography

Walter Hood Fitch
(1817 – 1892)

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, 28 February 1817, died at Kew, England, 14 January 1892.

Walter Hood Fitch drew over 2700 plates for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine from 1834-77, and nearly 500 plates for Hooker’s Icones Plantarum 1836-76. Altogether he produced over 10,000 published drawings. Among the works he illustrated were H.J.Elwes’s Monograph of Genus Lilium 1877-80, J.D.Hooker’s Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya 1849-51, and J.D.Hooker‘s The Botany of the Antartic Voyage, including Flora Tasmaniae 1855-9.

Fitch was working as a pattern drawer in a textile mill in Glasgow when his talents were spotted by the editor of Curtis’s Botanical MagazineWilliam Jackson Hooker, later the first Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This began a lifelong association with Kew and a career of over forty years illustrating Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. His skills as a lithographer and his flair for composition ensured that the paintings were no mere mechanical record; thier exuberance and vitality are as fresh today as they were a century ago.

Reference: Lewis, Jan (1992) ‘Walter Hood Fitch – A Celebration’ Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, HMSO, London.