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26 Gorgeous Free Lily Flower Illustrations and Drawings

Explore our collection of vintage lily illustrations, all free to download and in the public domain. Perfect for art, decor, or educational use, these timeless, royalty-free prints capture the beauty of lilies in various artistic styles.

These vintage lily paintings are the latest addition to the extensive collection of vintage floral illustrations for free download on Pictureboxblue.

Various flowers that are called a lily aren’t lilies. They aren’t true lilies as they don’t belong to the flowering plant genus Lilium. Examples include the water lily, calla lily flower and lilies of the valley.

They got their lily names because their flowers resemble lilies. You will see from the lily drawings below that they have showy trumpet-shaped flowers.

I have focused on just true lilies in this collection of floral lily illustrations.

Meaning & Symbolism of Lily Flowers

Lilies are grown for commercial use. They are the fourth most popular flowers sold by florists. The most popular flower is the rose (illustrations here)

The meaning of lilies varies from culture to culture and by the colour of the flowers. They most commonly mean devotion or purity. In the Victorian language of flowers, lilies portray love, ardour, and affection for your loved ones.

Lilies are the flowers most commonly used at funerals in the West. That is because the flowers symbolically signify that the deceased’s soul has been restored to innocence. In China, lilies are used in weddings because they are tied to 100 years of love and good luck.

Christians associated lilies, especially the Madonna lily, with the Virgin Mary.

The beautiful lily flower comes in many colours and is interpreted in a different way.

  •  White lily flowers traditionally symbolize modesty and new beginnings (purity).
  • Pink lilies symbolize love, femininity, admiration and abundance.
  • A Red lily symbolizes love and passion. They make a nice change to roses in Valentine’s bouquet.
  • An Orange lily (tiger lily) symbolizes confidence, pride, and wealth.
  • Yellow flowers are great ‘thank you’ flowers. They symbolize thankfulness, and their sunny colour is happiness.
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The Lily Images and Drawings

All vintage lily drawings and illustrations are available royalty-free and in the public domain.

Click on the title above the beautiful flowers you want to download. A high-resolution lily drawing will open in a new window on your browser. Click on the title to print or save that lily illustration.

Vintage Lily Illustration 1-8

1. Orange Lily

An 1850 orange lily drawing from the Welcome Collection.

orange lily drawing

2. Orange Lily on Black Backgroound

Another orange lily from the Welcome collection. This is an etching by John Harris 1805.

 The orange lily is also called the fire lily and tiger lily. However, as you will see in this post, many varieties of lilies are called tiger lilies. It grows in mountain meadows and on hillsides of Europe from Spain to Ukraine.

Orange lily (Lilium species)

3. Lilium Testaceum

This is a beautiful illustration of a yellow lily (Lilium testaceum). The image is from Edwards’ botanical register, an illustrated horticultural magazine that ran from 1815 to 1847. The botanical illustrator was Sydenham Edwards.

Yellow Lily drawing Edwards'_botanical_register

4. Lily Seed Packet

A seed packet with an illustration of white flowers from a botanic garden by Currie Brothers Company Seed Trade Catalog Collection 1905.

You can find more vintage seed packets here.

lily seed packet

5. White Lily

The white lilies are also called the Madonna lilies and are true lilies. These lilies have medicinal uses and have been cultivated for over 3000 years.

This illustration is by William Curtis from The Botanical Magazine 1794.

Madonna lily white lily

6. Mountain Lily Seed Packet

Another seed packet lily drawing, this time of a mountain lily. A true lily native to Japan and is sometimes called the golden rayed lily or the goldband lily.

7. Showy Lily Print

The Showy lily is an East Asian species of plants in the lily family. It is native to southern Japan and southern China.

This is an 1897 lily drawing from Favourite flowers of garden and greenhouse by Edward Step.

showy lily drawing

8. Art Nouveau White Lily Drawing

This is an art nouveau style illustration of the white lily by Maurice Pillard-Verneuil 1903. Many more of his wonderful art nouveau floral illustrations can be found here.

art nouveau lily

Vintage Lily Images 9-17

9. Lilium chalcedonicum

From Curtis’s The Botanical Magazine. The lily was drawn by James Sowerby, who is well known for his fungi and mushroom illustrations.

lily illustration

10. Henry’s lily

Sometimes called tiger lily, it’s native to the mountains of central China. The flowers are orange, spotted black, and unscented. 

From Curtis’s Botanical Magazine drawn by Matilda Smith 1891.

11. Lilium lancifolium

This lily is also sometimes called tiger lily. The flower is native to China, Japan, Korea, and the Russian Far East. It is widely planted as an ornamental because of its showy orange-and-black flowers.

From The florist and pomologist 1873.

tiger lily drawing

12. Lilium leichtlinii

Another tiger lily from North-East Asia. This yellow lily illustration is from “Flore des Serres et des Jardins de l’Europe“, (Flowers of the Greenhouses and Gardens of Europe).

Yellow tiger lily

13. See Through Lily

This is a Japanese lily. Its native name sukashi-yuri, which literally translates as “see-through lily”, due to the gaps between its tepals.

Another lily painting from Flore des serres et des jardins de l’Europe.

vintage lily drawing

14. Turks Cap Mountain Pink Lily

The flower color is typically a pink-purple, with dark spots, the flowers are scented. This lily print is from Alpen-Flora: Westalpen.

turks cap mountain lily

15. Fritillaria meleagris

This lily has several common names, from drooping tulips to Lazarus’s Bell, snakehead, and Fritillary, to name a few. It is a Eurasian lily with a chequered pattern with purple lily flowers or is sometimes pure white.

16. Fritillaria imperialis

Also commonly known as the crown imperial. “Imperialis”, literally “of the emperor”, refers to the large circle of golden flowers of the lily, reminiscent of an emperor’s crown.

This lily painting was by Sebastian Wegmayr 1857.

17. Dogtooth Violet

The flower is found in damp, lightly shaded settings such as deciduous woodland. Another lily drawing from The Botanical Magazine.

dog tooth violet

Vintage Lily Prints 18-26

18. Giant Himalayan Lily

The giant Himalayan lily, is the largest species of any of the lily plants, growing up to 3.5 meters high.

Another vintage lily drawing from Flore des serres et des jardins de l’Europe.

Giant Himalayan Lily

19. Philadelphia Lily

A perennial species of lily native to North America. The colorful painting is from the book Birds and Nature (1900).

Philadelphia lily

20. Lilies from The Canadian horticulturist

21 Jane Loudon Lilies

A collection of lilies from Jane Loudon’s book “The ladies’ flower-garden of bulbous ornamental plants”, 1841. You can find many more of Jane Loudon’s bulb flower prints here

More lily flower prints

22. White Lily Art Print

White lilies from Martin Gerlach’s The Plant in Arts and Craft 1886.

Vintage wood cut art print of white lilies

Print 23: Snake’s Head Lily

The flower in the vintage entomology illustration is a common fritillary, also known as snake’s head, a type of lily flower. The image is by John Curtis.

Blethisa multipunctata (ground beetle) and snake's head flower

Print 24: Turks Cap Lily

A Renaissance flower painting of a Turks Cap Lily by Daniel Rabel from the“Theatrum Florae”.

turks cap lilly Daniel Rabel

Print 25: Belladonna Lilly

Amaryllis belladonna, commonly known as the “belladonna lily” or “naked lady,” blooms with fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers atop long, leafless stems.

This print is from Joseph Paxton’s Flower Garden.

Belladonna Lilly

Print 26: Elizabeth Blackwell Lily

This watercolor illustration of a white lily with green leaves is from Elizabeth Blackwell’s book ” A Curious Herbal”

White Lily Elizabeth Blackwell

Other Floral Collections

If you are looking for other flowers with Lily in the name, check out these Lily of the Valley botanical prints and these giant water lilies.

Lilies are sometimes confused with irises, check out these vintage Japanese iris paintings.

There are more lily prints in the Mark Catesby print collection, the Temple of Flora and the Maria Sibylla Merian prints.

I hope you enjoyed these beautiful vintage lily drawings and found ones that you liked. Don’t forget to check out many more of the vintage flower illustrations on Pictureboxblue. Such as the vintage orchid prints and daffodil flower drawings.

Other floral collections include tulip paintings, peony paintings and vintage pictures of poppies.

Plus there is a guide to drawing cherry blossoms.

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Friday 15th of July 2022

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claire

Sunday 17th of July 2022

Thank you, glad you enjoyed them.

Jennifer Watson

Monday 8th of March 2021

Lovely thankyou!

claire

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Thank you so much.

Naush Samama

Monday 8th of February 2021

Claire, these are such lovely vintage prints. Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party at Doodle Buddies. Hope to see you this Monday too. Much love Naush

claire

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

Thank you so much, Naucsh. I'm glad you enjoy them, lilies are one of my favorite flowers.

Kristine

Monday 1st of February 2021

Claire- I am so grateful for how you provide us with access to these beautiful prints. They bring me such joy and delight, and I have you to thank. I am pinning away like there is no tomorrow. Thank you again so much.

claire

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Thank you so much, it's really nice to hear that you enjoy the images. I plan to curate more and more wonderful vintage images.

Cecilia

Monday 1st of February 2021

These are so pretty Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

claire

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Thank you so much, glad you enjoy them.