Fern Prints by John Sowerby (1855)
Fern Prints
by John Sowerby
(England, 1855)
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These prints are taken from a guide to British ferns.  The illustrations are by John Sowerby, son of James Sowerby, one of the best known of the early English botanical illustrators (see Sowerby's English Botany).   Accompanying the fern illustrations was a scientific description authored by Charles Johnson, a botanical lecturer at Guy's Hospital in London.

An interesting aspect of these prints is the partial hand-coloring of the Ferns, revealing part of the original lithographic impression.  This was typically done in reference works where only enough coloring was provided to assist in identification of the specimens.

Price per print: Print Only:  $45
Matting Charge:  $20
Framing & Matting Charge:  $110
Dimensions: Print Only:  5-1/2 x 9 inches
Matted:  12 x 16 inches
Type of print: Original hand-colored lithograph
Year: 1855

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Polypody (No. 11140003)
Plate 3
Tender three-branched Polypody

Polypody (No. 11140004)
Plate 4
Rigid three-branched Polypody
Woodsia (No. 11140006)
Plate 6
Alpine Woodsia
Lastrea (No. 11140010)
Plate 10
Crested Fern
Lastrea (No. 11140011)
Plate 11
Rigid Lastrea

Lastrea (No. 11140012)
Plate 12
Narrow prickly-toothed Fern

Lastrea (No. 11140013)
Plate 13
Broad prickly-toothed Fern
Polystichum (No. 11140015)
Plate 15
Holly Fern
Polystichum (No. 11140016)
Plate 16
Prickly Shield Fern
Polystichum (No. 11140018)
Plate 18
Angular Shield Fern

Cystopteris (No. 11140021)
Plate 21
Toothed Bladder Fern

Asplenium (No. 11140026)
Plate 26
Smooth Rock Spleenwort
Asplenium (No. 11140027)
Plate 27
Lanceolate Spleenwort
Asplenium (No. 11140031)
Plate 31
Green Spleenwort
Asplenium (No. 11140032)
Plate 32
White Maiden-hair Fern

Scolopendrium (No. 11140035)
Plate 35
Common Hart's-tongue Fern

Ceterach (No. 11140036)
Plate 36
Sealy Spleenwort
Blechnum (No. 11140037)
Plate 37
Hard Fern
Pteris (No. 11140038)
Plate 38
Eagle Fern
Osmunda (No. 11140044)
Plate 44
Flowering Fern