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  • Archival Limited Edition Giclee Print after an original nature -printing technique by Henry Bradbury, Ferns of Great Britain & Ireland. www.historyrevisited.com.au
  • Please note-Framed items seen here illustrate the interior decor potential of this series of Archival Limited Edition Giclee prints and are NOT included with this purchase.

giclee British Irish nature print botany fern Bradbury


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Botanical, Fern, Great Britain, Ireland, Henry Bradbury, Limited Edition, Giclee

Archival Limited Edition Giclee print on conservation cotton paper using fade resistant inks after the original Nature-Print of a Britsh Fern, Lastrea orcopteris, by Henry Bradbury (1829-1860) for The Ferns of Britain and Ireland, published in London printed in 1857.

This nature-print image illustrate the complicated structure of a Bipinnate pinnatifid fern frond with a central complete frond flanked by two single pinna in turn detailing the smaller pinnules The stem (raptis) has "hair" wisps captured by the original lead plate that bore the impression. The green is blue to yellow gradients with touches of sepia.

Issued with Limited Edition Certificate  /200

 Print Size = 38.6 cm x 49.2 cm (15 1/3 x 19 ½ inch)

Henry Riley Bradbury, The Victorian Fern Craze & Nature Printing

Henry Bradbury was a British writer on printing possibly owed to having come from a family heavily involved in this growth industry. For centuries printers had played with the idea of “Nature Printing”. Bradbury was young & ambitious living in Victorian England at a time when Fern Mania had gripped the British Public. He traveled to Vienna to see what’s new to give a commercial edge in an increasingly competitive London trade. Here he learnt an exciting new technique invented by Alois Auer- he achieved an image directly from nature using a a plate of hard metal (Steel was a new 1850s invention) and one of soft lead. Bradbury was the first to apply Auer’s nature-printing to illustrate “The Ferns of Great Britain & Ireland” in 1857. However, Bradbury developed his own modification by electroplating of the soft lead printing surface for clarity and durability. He said of his exciting process that it afforded “truthfulness unobtainable by any other known method of printing...' Unfortunately a controversy erupted after Bradbury lodged a British patent for his improvement without acknowledging Alois Auer as the Nature Printing technique inventor. Consequently this the Auer-Bradbury nature-printing technique was short-lived.




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