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Beautiful Vintage Tulip Paintings To Download For Free

It is believed that tulips got their name from the Persian word for a turban, which the flower is supposed to resemble. When I think of tulips, I automatically think of Amsterdam.

The two things are strongly linked in my mind because of the song and because the Dutch have been the primary producers of tulips since the 17th century. Hence, there are many beautiful tulip paintings by Dutch artists such as Rembrandt.

The Netherlands produces over 3 billion tulip bulbs a year. Visiting Keukenhof is a must if you are ever visiting Holland in the spring. It’s the world’s largest and most famous flower park, with over 7 million flower bulbs planted yearly.

Copyright Free Botanical Tulip Illustrations To Print

Tulips are popular flowers. Probably because they are bright, colourful and showy, they are relatively easy to grow and mainly come in red, yellow, orange, pink and white. There are over 75 different species of tulips. They are considered a symbol of love, particularly the red ones.

Here I have curated a collection of copyright free tulip paintings and botanical illustrations that are free to print.

Vintage tulip paintings to download

The downloadable flower images will be of a higher resolution than those on the page. Just click on the title link, and the jpeg image of the tulip should download automatically to your device.

The Vintage Tulip Paintings

1. Sylvestris Tulip 1885

This is a lovely tulip painting showing the anatomy of the Sylvestris Tulip.
These yellow tulips have lemon-scented flowers, which are pointed in shape. They can reach a height of around 25cm

This particular tulip illustration is from the German flower book “Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885″ by Otto Wilhelm Thomé.

Sylvestris Tulip paintings 1885

2. Single and Double Tulip 1870

A double tulip is a tulip with extra petals. So in these tulip paintings, the large flower at the top of the page is the double tulip. This particular tulip illustration is from the “The California Horticulturist and Floral Magazine” (1870).

Single and double tulip paintings

3. Trio of tulip paintings 1613

A lovely illustration of three different varieties of tulips and their bulbs. It is from “Hortus Eystettensis.” Hortus Eystettensis is an important pictorial record by Basilius Besler from 1613 of the garden of the bishop of Eichstätt in Bavaria.

trio of tulip illustraiton

4. Tulip 1822

I love the detail of the water droplets on the leaves of this tulip painting. I don’t know much about it, except that it was painted in 1822 by the self-taught English flower painter Valentine Bartholomew.

tulip 1822

5. 4 Purple Tulips Painting

I don’t know much about this lovely watercolour painting of 4 tulips, except that the artist is the Croatian Slavko Raškaj. These tulips would have been painted in the late 19th century.

4 purple tulips

6. Watercolour Illustration of a Red & White Tulip 1640

A tulip watercolour illustration from the collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, England. It was painted around about 1640.

red and white tulip 1640

7. Four Different Coloured Garden Tulip Paintings

A lovely tulip illustration from the 1650s of four garden tulips (Tulipa gesneriana). Painted by the artist Hans-Simon Holtzbecker.

1650@s garden tulip watercolor

8. Garden Tulip and Parrot Tulip Paintings 1829

Colourful tulip paintings are from the French book “Les Fleurs de Jardins, tome I: Les Fleurs de Printemps”. The book was printed in 1829.

tulip illustration

9. Garden Tulips – 1896

A collection of garden tulips, an illustration from the book “Favourite Flowers of Garden and Greenhouse” by Edward Step. Printed in 1896.

Garden tulips

10. Tulipa Suaveolens -1802

A tulip painting of a Tulipa suaveolens (or Schrenck’s tulip). The picture is by the famous French flower painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté. The illustration is from his book “Les Liliacées”.

free tulip paintings

11. Jane Loudon Tulips

A collection of tulips 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.

Tulip paintings Jane Loudon

12. Joris Hoefnagel Tulip

The tulip below was painted by Joris Hoefnagel to illustrate a page of calligraphy from the manuscript “Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta.

Rocket Larkspurs, Tulip, Scorpion, Millepede, and European Filbert; Joris Hoefnagel

13. Tulip Plant Art

A tulip plant art print from Martin Gerlach’s “Die Pflanze in Kunst und Gewerbe. Translates as The Plant in Arts and Craft 1886.

Colour Narcissus-tulip-crocus-Martin-Gerlach

Print 14: Renaissance Tulips

These colourful tulips are to be found in the “Theatrum Florae” by Daneil Rabel where you will find more Renaissance paintings of tulips and other flowers.

More Tulips from Theatrum Florae

There is a gorgeous print of a group of tulips in the famous book The Temple of Flora and several in Marshal’s Florilegium.

Other flowers I associate with spring are wild bluebells that carpet the forest flower and daffodils.

If you liked these copyright-free vintage tulip paintings, you will probably like some of my other printable botanical images, such as these wonderful lily illustrations and drawings.

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hellen edwards

Thursday 20th of June 2019

These tulip images are truly superb. Thankyou so much.


Friday 21st of June 2019

Thank you, you are welcome.


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

These are just gorgeous, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Thank you, Cecilia. I do love a pretty flower painting.


Monday 6th of May 2019

Such beautiful prints. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJs!

Julie Kobylinski

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

The tilips are beautiful I downloaded several pictures from your other collections and they automatically downloaded so I could save them on my drive. However the tulips did not download and I dont know how to get them. Its just the tulips. Thank you all your collections are beautiful......Julie


Tuesday 7th of May 2019

Thank you, I love flower illustrations.

Sandi Magle

Wednesday 1st of May 2019

Such a lovely collection, thank you so much...I have pinned them for further use!


Wednesday 1st of May 2019

Thank you. Vintage flower images are always inspiring.