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A New Book of Flowers

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    15 January 1761 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hemerick (engraver)
    Heckel, Augustin, born 1690 - died 1770 (artist)
    Vivarès, François, born 1708 - died 1780 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case EO, shelf 81

This charming set of six prints has a title page showing two loose posies of flowers and then five more plates each with three different single flower stems on each plate.

The flowers are not named but include tulip, lily of the valley, iris, carnation, rose, poppy, pansy and honeysuckle. This gives some idea of the range of flowers popular in the middle of the eighteenth century. This set of prints could be enjoyed by their owner just as prints or could have been purchased as inspiration for pastimes and trades such as watercolour painting, embroidery, engraving on silver objects or inlaying in wood.

Very unusually this set of prints survives in its original condition. The brown paper binding and the two thread stitches holding the plates together are just as they would have appeared to the person who paid 1 shilling and sixpence (seven and a half pence) for it in 1761.

Physical description

Six plates of flowers in original brown paper wrappers.

Plate 1: Two posies each with a ribbon tie. One including tulip, lily of the valley, primrose and forget-me-not; the other including rose.

Plate 2: Three individual stems: iris and two others

Plate 3: Three individual stems: poppy, pansy and honeysuckle

Plate 4: Three individual stems: Carnation and two others

Plate 5: Three individual stems: Rose, larkspur and one other

Plate 6: Three individual stems: marigold, passion flower and one other

Place of Origin

London (published)


15 January 1761 (published)


Hemerick (engraver)
Heckel, Augustin, born 1690 - died 1770 (artist)
Vivarès, François, born 1708 - died 1780 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

A New Book of Flowers./Drawn from Nature by Augustin Heckel/Published 15th. Jany According to Act by F. Vivares Price 1s. 6d.
On plate 1 only

Augn. Heckel delin./ Hemerick Sculp
On all six plates

Each plate numbered in top right corner.

Fleur de lys[cut]
Watermark in the paper used for plate 1.


Height: 14.8 cm Sheet, Width: 23.7 cm

Descriptive line

Augustin Heckel (after), 1 of 6 plates, including title plate, in original binding, 'A New Book of Flowers', London, published 1761.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Karmer, Jack, The Art of Flowers: A Celebration of Botanical Illustration, Its Masters and Methods, Watson-Guptill Publications, 2002, p. 81.
Edgcumbe, Richard, The art of the gold chaser in eighteenth-century London, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Snodin, Michael (ed), Rococo: art and design in Hogarth's England : 16 May-30 September 1984, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Museum, 1984.


Ink; Laid paper; Brown paper


Engraving (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Carnations; Honeysuckle; Forget-me-nots (flowers); Passion flower; Lily of the Valley; Poppy; Primrose; Marigold; Tulip; Iris; Rose


Prints; Pattern books; Ornament prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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