Fern Prints - Walter Hood Fitch (1861)
Fern Prints by Walter Hood Fitch
(England, 1861)
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These hand-colored prints are from a mid-1800s series on British Ferns giving "pictorial, as well as descriptive representations of our native species".   They are based on illustrations by the Scottish-born botanical artist Walter Hood Fitch (1817-1892).

During Fitch's lifetime he executed over 10,000 drawings for various publications, including Curtis's Botanical Magazine.   Such was his skill that he could draw directly onto the lithographic stone to save time.  Upon his death the obituary in Nature stated "...his reputation was so high and so world-wide that it is unnecessary to say much on this point".

Regarding this series, it is noted in the Introduction "The Ferns are general favourites with the lovers of Nature and of the horticulturist, in consequence of the extreme beauty and gracefulness of their forms".


Price per print: Print Only:  $65
Matting Charge:  $20
Framing & Matting Charge:  $110
Dimensions: Print Only:  6 x 9-1/2 inches
Matted:  12 x 16 inches
Type of print: Original hand-colored lithograph (over 150 years old)
Year: 1861
Other details: Includes original page of accompanying text

Click on any image to see an enlargement of the print

Fern Print - Polypody (No. 11650003)
Plate 3
Pale Mountain Polypody
Fern Print - Polypody (No. 11650005)
Plate 5
Rigid Three-branched Polypody
Fern Print - Polypody (No. 11650006)
Plate 6
Alpine Polypody
Fern Print - Shield Fern (No. 11650011)
Plate 11
Prickly Shield Fern

Fern Print - Shield Fern (No. 11650012)
Plate 12
Prickly Shield Fern
Fern Print - Buckler Fern (No. 11650016)
Plate 16
Rigid Buckler Fern
Fern Print - Buckler Fern (No. 11650017)
Plate 17
Crested Buckler Fern
Fern Print - Buckler Fern (No. 11650021)
Plate 21
Prickly Buckler Fern

Fern Print - Buckler Fern (No. 11650022)
Plate 22
Distant-leaved Buckler Fern
Fern Print - Bladder Fern (No. 11650023)
Plate 23
Brittle Bladder Fern
Fern Print - Bladder Fern (No. 11650024)
Plate 24
Alpine Bladder Fern
Fern Print - Bladder Fern (No. 11650025)
Plate 25
Mountain Bladder Fern

Fern Print - Spleenwort (No. 11650029)
Plate 29
Maidenhair Spleenwort
Fern Print - Spleenwort (No. 11650030)
Plate 30
Green Spleenwort
Fern Print - Spleenwort (No. 11650032)
Plate 32
Lanceolate Spleenwort
Fern Print - Spleenwort (No. 11650033)
Plate 33
Black Spleenwort

Fern Print - Hart's Tongue (No. 11650037)
Plate 37
Common Hart's Tongue
Fern Print - Brake Fern (No. 11650038)
Plate 38
Common Brake
Fern Print - Hard Fern (No. 11650040)
Plate 40
Northern Hard Fern
Fern Print - Maidenhair Fern (No. 11650041)
Plate 41
Maidenhair Fern

Fern Print - Bristle Fern (No. 11650042)
Plate 42
Rooting Bristle Fern
Fern Print - Flowering Fern (No. 11650045)
Plate 45
Flowering Fern
Fern Print - Horse-tail Fern (No. 11650058)
Plate 58
Great Water Horse-tail
Fern Print - Horsetail Fern (No. 11650061)
Plate 61
Branched Wood Horse-tail