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16 Free Vintage Peony Illustrations and Paintings In The Public Domain

Peonies are my favourite flower, huge pink ones.  That’s why I have curated this collection of stunning vintage Peony botanical illustrations and paintings that are copyright free and printable.

I grew up in Hong Kong, where beautiful paintings of Peonies often surrounded me.  The Peony flowers are one of the most popular in Chinese paintings and illustrations and are used to adorn many of their fabrics and homewares.  

This stunning collection of Peony paintings and illustrations holds immense appeal for a variety of individuals. Art enthusiasts, DIY crafters, interior decorators, or simply those with an appreciation for the natural beauty of flowers may find these images particularly engaging.

free vintage peony paintings

To download the vintage peony printables click on the highlighted title above the one you want. A higher-resolution image will open in a new browser, and you can save or print it.

Print 1. Anna Munthe Norstedt Still Life Peony

This is a gorgeous still-life painting of a single Peony by Anna Munthe Norstedt.  Anna was a Swedish painter known for her still life in oils.

Vintage peony painting

2. Yun Shouping – 17th Century Peony

This is a 17th-century ink painting of a Peony by the Chinese Artist Yun Shouping.  I love all the Chinese calligraphy on the edge of the painting.

Chinese painting of a peony

3. More Yon Shouping Peonies

More Peonies from the 17th Century Chinese painting Yon Shouping.  This time there are three beautiful peonies in 3 different colours red, purple and white.

Chinese painting of peonies 17th century

4. Giuseppe Castiglione Peonies in Vase

Another painting from China.  This time an 18th Century painting of peonies in ink on silk by Giuseppe Castiglione.  Giuseppe was an Italian Jesuit that served as a painter in the court of three Chinese Emperors.

Pink peonies in vase

5. Two Purple Peonies – Shibata Zeshin

This is a Japanese woodblock print by Shibata Zeshin from the 1880s. Shibata was a 19th- Century Japanese lacquer, painter and printmaker.

Immerse yourself in the graceful world of peonies with this stunning collection of public domain paintings and illustrations. Add a floral flourish to your home, classroom, or creative projects. Free to print and perfect for peony enthusiasts.

6. Variegated Peony – Shibata Zeshin

Another woodblock Peony print by Shibata Zeshin from the 1880s. This time the peonies are variegated pink and red.

Japanese woodblock of peonies

7. Tree Peony 1801

This lovely tree peony botanical illustration was by the French botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute in 1801.

Pierre-Joseph Redoute Peony painting

8. Peony 1868 Abraham Wendel

This is a lovely tree peony painted by the Dutch botanical artist Abraham Jacobus Wendel in 1868.

vintage Peony painting and illustration

9. Red Peony Painting – 1918

This gorgeous red peony painting is from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 1918.

I used this peony for my decoupage bauble decorations.

red peony botanical illustration

10. MacKintosh Peonies

A 1920 painting of Peonies by the famous Art Nouveau Scottish Artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Peonies by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

11. Japanese Peonies

Oil on card painting of Japanese peonies, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

12. Peony with Other Flowers

Watercolour painting of peony with other flowers by William Thackara 180.

watercolour painting of peony with other flowers

13. Yaun Dynasty Peonies

In China, the peony is considered the Queen of Flowers, representing the late spring season. The shrubs of this tree peony are in full bloom, blossoming in various colors. Peony paintings were popular from the Southern Song period to the Ming dynasty. The large scale of this decorative scroll suggests that it may have been hung in a reception hall, conveying good wishes for wealth and prosperity.

Chinese Yuan Dynasty peonies

14. Qing Dynasty Peony

A red peony painted by Jiang Tingxi and from the collection of the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City, China.

Qing Dynasty Peony

15. Japanese Woodblock Peony

These large beautiful peony is featured in one of Ohara Koson’s bird paintings of a nightingale.

Siberian blue nightingale and peony

Print 16: Kono Bairei

From Kono Bairei’s Japanese bird and flowers paintings, peonies and silver pheasants.

Kono Bairei Print Peonies and Silver Pheasants

Other Botanical Paintings & Illustrations

Don’t forget to check out the many other vintage botanicals featured on the site. These include other showy flowers such as roses and chrysanthemums.

A collection of these vintage peony paintings would look fabulous on a gallery wall.  I love peonies so much that I make my own in various colours from crepe paper.  

There are some excellent vintage lily drawings and illustrations here that you will probably love, or these lovely passion flower drawings, hibiscus flowers and these cherry blossom drawings.

You should check out some of my other botanical posts if you liked this post.
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10 Beautiful Cactus Paintings
Woodland Vintage Botanical Images 

Vintage peony paintings and illustrations

Ann Homer

Wednesday 24th of May 2023

Thank you so very much for sharing these gorgeous prints with us. I love peonies, and all of these are absolutely stunning!!


Wednesday 24th of May 2023

Thank you! That is lovely to hear that you are enjoying them.

Susan konkle

Friday 27th of May 2022

Beautiful flowers. My sister loves peonies


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Thank you, me too!

Katie Cautela

Saturday 6th of November 2021

Your website is fabulous. I have been looking at it every evening after work. It inspires me. Thank you!


Monday 8th of November 2021

Thank you, that is lovely to hear.

mark smith

Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Thank you for the beautiful and historical flora and fauna. I love this stuff.


Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Thank you so much, there will be lots for to come.

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