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The Twelve Months of Flowers / January

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1859,0709.637

  • Title (object)

    • January

    Title (series)

    • The Twelve Months of Flowers
  • Description

    Thirty three varieties of flowers arranged in a vase decorated with classical reclining figures and a cherub, a sculpted snake coiled around the base, the flowers numbered and a key below; after Peter Casteels. 1730
    Etching and engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1730
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 415 millimetres
    • Width: 310 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below image with month in an ornate plaque with key surrounding, production detail: "Design'd by Ptr. Cassteels [sic]", "Engrav'd by H. Fletcher" and "From the collection of Robt. Furber Gardiner [sic] at Kensington 1730"
  • Curator's comments

    'The Twelve Months of Flowers' was ready for subscribers in April 1731, about which the propietors claimed, "The Curiosity of this Work (being the first kind ever attempted) as also its Usefulness, not only to the Ladies in their Needle-works, but also to the Wokrmen in their several Occupations, such as Tapestry Weavers, Carvers &c. and all Virtuoso's in Flowers, makes it truly estimable". Flether, Casteels and Furber paid £500 into the enterprise and sold the set for 2 guineas to 457 subscribers, raising a profit of £460. In addition, the set sold to non-subscribers for 2½ guineas coloured. Cheap copies of the series soon appeared, so many that Fletcher was called to give evidence in the parliamentary proceedings surrounding the establishment of the engraver's copyright act ('Hogarth's Act') in 1735. The series was followed by 'The Twelve Months of Fruit' in 1733 (1859,0709.649-660). (Timothy Clayton, 'The English Print 1688-1802, Yale pp.130-134, and Oxford DNB entry for Peter Casteels)

    A note on the wrapper notes that the BM holding of the series (as 1859,0709.637-648) wants the thirteenth plate giving list of subscribers, and at foot 'To their Royal Highnesses Frederick Prince of Wales, the Princess Roayl, to the most noble Rt. Honble and the other generous subsrcibers to the Twelve Month of Flowers this plate is humbly dedicated by their most obedient and obliged humble servants Robert Furber, Peter Casteels, Henry Fletcher'

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  • Location

    Not on display (British Masters Portfolio)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1859

  • Acquisition notes

    1859,0709.637 to 723 are the contents of the dispersed 'volume containing 95 prints' after various artists, deposited by Evans on 21 April 1859. It was registered as a volume of 'prints published by John Boydell', which implies that they are all Boydell reprints of earlier plates.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1859,0709.637

Thirty three varieties of flowers arranged in a vase decorated with classical reclining figures and a cherub, a sculpted snake coiled around the base, the flowers numbered and a key below; after Peter Casteels.  1730  Etching and engraving

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Thirty three varieties of flowers arranged in a vase decorated with classical reclining figures and a cherub, a sculpted snake coiled around the base, the flowers numbered and a key below; after Peter Casteels. 1730 Etching and engraving

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