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Double lilac primrose, Primula vulgaris

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Double lilac primrose, Primula vulgaris

Double lilac primrose, Primula vulgaris (Primula acaulis fl. pleno carneo). Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Sansom from William Curtis Botanical Magazine, London, 1793

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Acaulis Curtis Double Lilac Pleno Primrose Primula Sansom Vulgaris


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This exquisite hand-colored copperplate engraving showcases the enchanting beauty of the Double Lilac Primrose, Primula vulgaris, also known as Primula acaulis 'pleno carneo.' Created by the skilled hand of engraver Sansom for the esteemed Botanical Magazine in London in 1793, this illustration captures the intricate details of this charming primrose variety. The Double Lilac Primrose is a delightful perennial plant, native to Europe and Asia, known for its rosettes of lobed, green leaves and clusters of small, lilac-colored flowers. However, this particular cultivar, 'pleno carneo,' boasts an exceptional double bloom, with each flower featuring multiple layers of petals, giving it a lush, full appearance. The delicate, hand-applied watercolors add depth and vibrancy to the image, highlighting the primrose's unique features. The Botanical Magazine, founded in 1787 by William Curtis, was a pioneering publication dedicated to the dissemination of accurate botanical knowledge. Its high-quality, hand-drawn and hand-colored plates, produced by skilled artists and engravers, were widely used by botanists, horticulturists, and collectors. This Double Lilac Primrose illustration is a testament to the magazine's commitment to documenting the natural world in meticulous detail. Today, this image serves as a reminder of the rich history of botanical illustration and the enduring allure of the Double Lilac Primrose. Its intricate details and vibrant colors continue to captivate viewers, making it a cherished addition to any botanical or garden-themed collection.

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