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James Sowerby (1757-1822) was an English naturalist, artist, engraver and teacher. He studied at the Royal Academy in London. He created his first botanical art when he was about thirty.
Sowerby went on to work for William Curtis. He contributed to the first volumes of The Botanical Magazine and Flora Londinensis.
By the mid 1790's James Sowerby was the finest botanical artist in England. He became the head of a gifted family of British natural science illustrators.
English Botany was Sowerby's most celebrated achievement by far. He used vivid coloured engravings and easy to read texts to reach a wide audience. The engravings were delicate and detailed.
Here are some of his engravings for you to choose from. They are original antiques prints from the 1790s and have hand painted colouring.

23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Acer ampestreThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original and..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Menyantheas nymphoidesThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is ori..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Acer pseudo platanusThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is origi..
US$40.00
Oval Spiked Or Naked Carex
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23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Carex ovalisThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original and ..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Crataegus torminalisThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is origi..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Fucus ligulatusThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original a..
US$50.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Ulva diaphanaThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original and..
US$50.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Fucus LycopodioidesThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is origin..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Fucus LumbricalisThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Fucus PlumusosThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original an..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Fucus FruticulosusThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is origina..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Fucus GigartinusThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original ..
US$50.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Ulva CompressaThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original an..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Ulva PlumosaThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original and ..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Campanula rapunculusThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is origi..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Aquilegia vulgarisThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is origina..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Carduus pratensisThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original..
US$50.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Dianthus armeriaThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original ..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Astragalus hypoglottisThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is ori..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Gentiana campetrisThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is origina..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Vaccinium oxycoccosThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is origin..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Spireae filipdenulaThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is origin..
US$40.00
Lanceolate Spleenwort
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23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Asplenium lanceolatumThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is orig..
US$0.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Silene noctifloraThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Alisma ranunculoidesThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is origi..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Resda luteolaThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original and..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Osmunda lunariaThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original a..
US$40.00
Alpinecotton Grass
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23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Eriophorum alpinumThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is origina..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Sparganium natansThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original..
US$40.00
23 x 14.0 cm (9.0 x 5.5 inches).Urtica piluliferaThis antique botanical print is from the first edition of James Sowerby 's famous work, English Botany. It is an original antique print made by printing from an engraved copper printing plate onto hand made paper. The hand painted coloring is original..
US$40.00
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