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Free Vintage Poppy Pictures To Print & Download

Discover our exquisite collection of free poppy pictures to print, featuring vintage illustrations in the public domain. These timeless images showcase the natural elegance of poppies in various artistic styles, perfect for home decor, DIY crafts, or educational purposes. Embrace the beauty of history with these high-quality, royalty-free poppy prints.

With remembrance day next month, I thought I would add to my collection of vintage flower illustrations with these free pictures of poppies to download.

Poppies as a symbol

The poppy sellers are currently out in full force, raising money for veterans. Poppies become a symbol of remembrance of fallen soldiers following the trench warfare in the poppy fields of Flanders, Belgium, during World War I.

I remember in 2014 being moved by the ceramic poppies art installation at the Tower of London.

The major art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London marked one hundred years since Britain’s first full day of involvement in the First World War. Created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively filled the Tower’s famous moat. Each poppy represented a British military fatality during the war.

Poppies The Flower

Poppies are often grown for their colourful flowers. Some species of poppies have narcotic properties, such as the opium poppy. The edible poppy seeds are harvested to be used in the baking of bread and cakes.

Poppies can reach up to a meter in height with flowers up to 15 centimeters across and they tend to have 4 to 6 petals.

The petals are showy and come in a variety of colours and some are variegated. In the temperate zones, poppies bloom from spring into early summer.

Free pictures of Poppies to download

The Free Poppy Illustrations & Paintings to Download

These vintage poppy pictures are copyright free, just click on the title of the picture of the poppy you want to download. The downloads will be of a higher resolution.

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1. 1900 Poppies Illustration

These poppy pictures are from the book “Birds And Nature” published in 1900.

vintage pictures of poppies to download

2. Burbank Poppies

This wonderful picture of poppies to download is from the Burbank seed book.

poppy painting

3. Long Prickly-Headed Poppy

This long prickly-headed poppy picture is from the 1857 book “Wild Flowers” by Anne Pratt.

Long Prickly Headed Poppy

4. The Great Scarlet Poppy

This species of the poppy is grown to produce thebaine, which is commercially converted to codeine and semi-synthetic opiates.

A beautiful poppies picture to download from the 1821 ” Collectanea botanica or, figures and botanical illustrations of rare and curious exotic plants“, by John Lindley.

Great scarlet poppy picture

5. Iceland Poppy

An illustration of an Iceland Poppy from the 1826 book ” Flora conspicua“,  by William Clark and Richard Morris.

Iceland Poppy

6. Opium Poppy

Vintage poppy illustration to download: Opium Poppy. From the 1910 book ” Die Giftpflanzen Deutschlands ” (The poisonous plants of Germany) by Peter Esser.

opium poppy

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7. The Common Poppy

This is the poppy variety that is used as the symbol of remembrance. It is from the Familiar wild flowers figured and described by F. Edward Hulme (1878).

common poppy

8. 1911 Common Poppy

This is the poppy you often see growing wild along the road side. From a German botanical atlas dated 1911.

common poppy

9. Oriental Poppy

Vintage pictures of poppies, oriental poppy. A William Curtis illustration from the Botanical Magazine 1788.

oriental poppy

10. Poppies from “Die Pflanze in Kunst und Gewerbe

Vintage plant art print of garden poppies 1886.

Garden poppies and poppy sead heads

Print 11: Common Poppy John Curtis

This common poppy was painted by the entomologist John Curtis, you can see many more of his vintage entomology illustrations here featuring flowers.

Brixton Beauty and poppy

12. Elizabeth Blackwell

This free poppy picture is from the book “A Curious Herbal” by Elizabeth Blackwell 1737.

Wild red common poppy Elizabeth Blackwell

13: Red & White Poppies

This print of two red and white poppies is from Oliver Goldsmith’s book A History of the Earth and Animated Nature.

Other Related Flower Pictures

Poppies are one of my favourite flowers, I even painted my shed in a poppy inspired design.

If you like these pictures of poppies then you might want to check out some of these other flower posts, such as these bluebell illustrations and wonderful vintage lily prints.

free pictures of poppies to download

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Monday 26th of June 2023

Love these images of poppies. Use them many times in different collages. Thanks for sharing


Tuesday 27th of June 2023

Thank you, that is lovely to hear. It seems to be a good year for poppies, I see a lot of wild ones on my walks this summer.


Tuesday 21st of February 2023

Absolutely obsessed with these images, thank you for this!


Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

Thank you, it's lovely to hear that you are enjoying them.


Monday 11th of November 2019

How pretty! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!


Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Thank you so much, thanks for hosting.


Saturday 2nd of November 2019

Such beautiful poppy prints, thanks for sharing! Blessings, Loni


Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Thank you 😊


Friday 1st of November 2019

I love these! They are beautiful! I saw your post on the try-it Linky party—thanks for sharing!


Saturday 2nd of November 2019

Thank you glad you liked them.