Exquisitely delicate flowers. Botanical plates, taken from by Frances Sargent Osgood’s 1860 book “The Poetry of Flowers.”

Page 50.
Page 50. Collection of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/poetryofflowersf00osgo_0/page/n49
Page 95.
Page 95. Collection of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/poetryofflowersf00osgo_0/page/n94
Page 121.
Page 121. Collection of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/poetryofflowersf00osgo_0/page/n120
Page 191.
Page 191. Collection of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. In the public domain. via https://archive.org/details/poetryofflowersf00osgo_0/page/n190
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Fields of flowers to hang on your wall. A bed of roses to love in the depths of winter. Dutch. Jacobus van Looy, artist (1855–1930).

"Papaver-bed." Undated.
“Papaver-bed.” Undated. Oil on canvas. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/jacobus-van-looy/papaver-bed-XnEuMJkOjkZ-G1s-n3LNMQ2
"Summer." 1910.
“Summer.” 1910. Oil on canvas. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=138419
"Roze bloemen." Undated.
“Roze bloemen.” Undated. Oil on panel. Image © Kunsthandel Simonis & Buunk, Ede. Fair use license. https://www.simonis-buunk.nl/kunstwerk/looy-j-van/13938/
"Rode Lelies" (Red Lilies). Undated.
“Rode Lelies” (Red Lilies). Undated. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem. Image © 2019 MCH Group. Fair use license. via https://curiator.com/art/jacobus-van-looy/rode-lelies-red-lilies

Flowers of the month from when the 18th century was settling in. Hand-colored engravings from Robert Furber’s 1730 “Twelve Months of Flowers” made from paintings by Pieter Casteels. Also wrote the first seed catalog produced in England.

"December."
“December.” Image © Le vagabond des étoiles 2018. Fair use license. via https://www.vagabond-des-etoiles.com/arts/douze-mois-de-fleurs-robert-furber/
"October."
“October.” Image in the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via http://mondobeloblog.blogspot.com/2016/03/las-flores-de-cada-mes-del-ano.html
"July."
“July.” In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via http://www.graphicine.com/robert-furber-twelve-months-of-the-year-in-flowers/
"March."
“March.” Image © Le vagabond des étoiles 2018. Fair use license. via https://www.vagabond-des-etoiles.com/arts/douze-mois-de-fleurs-robert-furber/

Flowers in Cuba from a long time ago. From American Nancy Anne Kingsbury Wollstonecraft’s “Specimens of the Plants and Fruits of the Island of Cuba”. Gone since 1828 she has left a glorious treasury for us to see. Digitized and made available for download at the HathiTrust digital library, by way of Cornell University’s Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

Canna indica or Indian shot.
Canna indica or Indian shot. Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=9
Justicia.
Justicia. Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=9
Justicia picta leaf. Number 10.
Justicia picta leaf. Number 10. Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=9
Rivina humilis, Hoop withe.
Rivina humilis, Hoop withe. Page 27. Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=9
Pothos. Plate 7M.
Pothos. Plate 7M. Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University. In the public domain due to age. via https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo.31924100271463;view=1up;seq=9

Butterfly art to make your living room look like an endless summer. From German naturalist and scientific illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian. (1647-1717).

"Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium." 1705.
“Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium.” 1705. Hand colored engraving. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Merian_Metamorphosis_LX.jpg
"Duroia sp. and assorted insects."  1705.
“Duroia sp. and assorted insects.” 1705. Hand colored copper engraving. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Duroia_sp00.jpg
Plate XLV from "Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium". 1705.
Plate XLV from “Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium”. 1705. Hand colored copper engraving. Artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Merian-grafic-senkenberg_hg.jpg