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portlandia grandiflora havanna tobacco botanical print antique engraving

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Stem-Clasping Havanna Tobacco


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Antique botanical print of a Cuban native plant


Portlandia Grandiflora - Great Flowered Portlandia' Native of Cuba. 'Said to be the plant from which the Celebrated Cigars of that country are prepared.' Botanical engraving from Curtis's Botanical Magazine. William Curtis (1746-1799) was a trained pharmacist, in London, who maintained a large garden and devoted himself to the study of its flora. He began publishing the Curtis Botanical Magazine in 1787. Accompanied by original text describing features of the plant, when it was introduced and by whom, and whose collection it comes from.

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artist Weddell after Curtis
method Copper-line engraving with original hand-colouring
date 1824
size 240mm by 150mm (sheet)
SKU BT3438