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Hessea cinnamomea

Hessea cinnamomea (Glittering flowered strumaria, Strumaria crispa). Handcoloured copperplate engraving by F. Sansom after an illustration by Sydenham Edwards from William Curtis The Botanical Magazine, London, 1811

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Amaryllis Bulb Crispa Curtis Edwards Flowered Gardening Glittering Sansom Sydenham


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This exquisite hand-colored copperplate engraving showcases the enchanting beauty of Hessea cinnamomea, also known as the Glittering-flowered Strumaria or Crisp Strumaria. The intricate details of this rare and exotic bulbous plant were meticulously captured by the skilled hand of engraver F. Sansom, working from an original illustration by Sydenham Edwards. The image was published in William Curtis' esteemed publication, The Botanical Magazine, in London, in the year 1811. The Hessea cinnamomea is a fascinating member of the Amaryllidaceae family, characterized by its glittering, crimson-red flowers adorned with golden-yellow anthers. The plant's unique appearance has captivated botanists and horticulturists for centuries, making it a sought-after addition to any botanical collection. The intricate details of the plant's structure are brought to life through the artful combination of botanical accuracy and artistic flair. The delicate veins on the leaves, the intricate patterns on the flowers, and the subtle shading on the bulb all contribute to the overall sense of depth and realism. The hand-coloring process further enhances the visual appeal of the engraving, adding vibrant hues to the already stunning details. The rich reds of the flowers, the deep greens of the leaves, and the warm browns of the bulb all come together to create a truly captivating image. This beautiful work of art serves as a testament to the dedication and expertise of the botanical illustrators and engravers of the past, who worked tirelessly to document and preserve the natural world for future generations. Today, it remains an invaluable resource for botanical research and a source of inspiration for artists and gardeners alike.

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