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 not just because of the song but also because the Dutch have been the major producers of tulips since the 17th century. Hence, there are many beautiful tulip paintings by Dutch artists such as Rembrandt.
The Netherlands actually produces over 3 billion tulip bulbs a year. If you are ever visiting Holland in the spring, a visit to Keukenhof is a must. It’s the world’s largest and most famous flower park. Where over 7 million flower bulbs are planted each year.
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 colour. There are over 75 different species of tulips. They are considered a symbol of love, in particular, the red ones.
Here I have curated a collection of copyright free tulip paintings and botanical illustrations that are free to print.
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
This is a lovely tulip painting showing the anatomy of the Sylvestris Tulip.
These tulips are yellow, 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
A tulip watercolour illustration from the collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, England. It was painted around about 1640.
A lovely tulip illustration from the 1650s of four garden tulips (Tulipa gesneriana). Painted by the artist Hans-Simon Holtzbecker.
Colourful tulip paintings are from the French book “Les Fleurs de Jardins, tome I : Les Fleurs de Printemps” . The book was printed in 1829.
A collection of garden tulips, an illustration from the book “Favourite Flowers of Garden and greenhouse” by Edward Step. Printed in 1896.
A tulip painting of a Tulipa suaveolens, (or Schrenck’s tulip). The painting is by the famous French flower painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté. The illustration is from his book “Les Liliacées”.
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.