With their exquisite detail and gorgeous depictions of flowers and plants, vintage botanical prints offer a chance to collect something lovely and also beautify your home. These illustrations, which appeared in seed catalogs, natural history publications, and herbal medicine books, became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Whether you are planning a collection or simply want a few examples to decorate your walls, it's important to understand the basics of this collectible art form. Prior to the invention of the portable camera, illustrations served an essential role in preserving the appearance and details of plant species from around the world. According to the American Society of Botanical Artists , the period between and is considered the "golden age" for this type of art. Professional botanical illustrators, such as Pierre-Joseph Redoute and Ferdinand and Franz Bauer, created thousands of representational depictions of plant life during this period.
We have 50 favorite free vintage flower images for you today! These are perfect for decoupage , paper crafts , card making , transfers , and just about any other craft you can think of. These beautiful antique art images are full size printables in PDF format. Perfect for instant artwork! Lavender flower images are so difficult to find, and this would be perfect framed as artwork or made in to labels or jewelry. The numerous petals add so much depth to this beautiful pink bloom with dark green leaves. This is a wonderful antique print of some glorious looking Morning Glories!