Free Beautiful Vintage Botanical Cactus Paintings
These gorgeous cactus paintings where all painted in the 19th Century. They were painted by various European botanical artists.
Botanical art is designed so that the paintings are scientifically and botanically accurate but also artistically pleasing to the eye. I’ve selected only a fraction of the many 100’s of vintage cactus paintings produced by the botanists of the 18th and 19th century. Hopefully, you will agree that I have picked some of the best and most aesthetically appealing vintage cacti artwork. Many of the cacti have been painted whilst in flower. This only adds to thier asethetic apeal.
Cacti are a very popular houseplant at the moment. Part of the appeal is their low maintenance. However, their maintenance is still not low enough for my black thumbs. I’ve decided that I’m better off with a gallery wall display of vintage cacti paintings rather than the real thing! If you are looking for interesting ways to hang your gallery walls check out this article on house&garden.
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The Cactus Paintings
From the German encyclopedia Brockhaus’ Konversations-Lexikon.
The cacti in this collection are numbered and their corresponding scientific names listed below.
This is a lovely illustraiton by the English botanical artist Mary Emily Eaton of a flowering prickly pear cactus. (Opuntia fuscoatra)
Another lovely illustration by the English botanical artist Mary Emily Eaton this time of ribbed (Echinocereus) cacti.
This yellow flowering round cactus (Echinocacti Sallowianus) was painted by the French botanist Charles Lemaire.
This is a great collection of assorted cacti. Including: 1. Leaf-cactus (Phyllocactus anguliger). 2. Stapelia (simulating a cactus). 3. A Cereus (Cereus dasycanthus). 4. Globe-cactus(Echinocactus horizonthalonius). 5. Wart-cactus (Mammilaria pectinata). 6. Hair> Opuntia (Opuntia filipendtila)—a. theblossom, enlarged. 7. Melon-cactus (Melocactus communis). 8. Giant Cactus (Cereus giganteus)—a, blossom, enlarged; bfruit, enlarged. 9. Mexican Opuntia (Opuntia coccinellifera)—a, the fruit (prickly pear), enlarged. CACTUS.
This lovely flowering Peanut Cactus was from the Curtis Botanical Magazine 1912
This pink flowering cacti was featured in Dictionnaire Universel D’histoire Naturelle.
This is a lovley watercolour by the German botanist David Nathaniel Friedrich Dietrich. (Euphorbia officinarum)
This gorgeous ornamental white flowering cactus is from Edwards Botanical Registar. (Echinopsis eyriesii)
Another lovely vintage cactus print from the magazine Curtis Botanical 1852. (Echinopsis obrepanda)
This cactus painting is by Belgium Botanist Pierre Joseph Redouté. Redoute is more famous for his paintings of lillies and roses but obviously found time to paint the odd cacti too. (cactus speciosus)