Cyrilla pulchella

Curtis, 1797

This species is now known as Achimenes erecta.  The hand-colored print is one of the very first illustrations of a Gesneriad, the oldest of those shown on this website.  There is a clear print impression, which does not show up well on the scan.  The flower color was originally bright red, but the paint has apparenlty oxidized to a muddy reddish brown.  Another copy of this print, shown here, has retained the bright red color, and is true to the color of the real flowers.

 

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