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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.
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 Magazine, William 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.