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The Genus Rosa

by Ellen Willmott
(1857-1934)

Color lithographs (chromolithographs)
from Watercolor Drawings by Alfred Parsons, R.A.
London (1910-1914) limited to 1000 copies

Sheet size: approx. 14¾ x 10¾ inches.
Original text page(s) accompany print whenever available.

The Genus Rosa was the masterpiece of Ellen Willmott and the culmination of a lifetimes’ study of the species. It ranks with Redoute’s Les Roses as one of the definitive and most beautiful works on roses and remains an important reference for rosarians today.

Ellen Willmott was an eccentric and wealthy woman as well as a fanatical horticulturist and landscape designer. Through her wealth, she was able to finance many plant expeditions and was honoured by certain species being named after her.

She resided at Warley Place from the age of 17, developing a spectacular garden over the course of many years. Active in the Royal Horticultural Society, she was awarded the Medal of Honour in 1907. At one time, she employed as many as 100 gardeners for properties stretching from Warley Place to France and Italy. Always eccentric, she scattered seeds of the sea holly, Miss Willmott’s Ghost, wherever she traveled, including friend’s gardens. Sadly, in later life, she became penniless and increasingly eccentric, booby trapping her garden against plant thieves and carrying a revolver. Her beautiful home and garden at Warley Place was sold to pay her debts when she died in 1934 and ultimately demolished. Today, her land is leased to the Essex Wildlife Trust and all traces of her magnificent garden are gone.

The Genus Rosa, published in parts between 1910-1914, and now a very rare work indeed, is her remarkable legacy to print and rose-lovers of today. The superbly artistic renderings of each rose are the work of Alfred Parsons (1847-1920), an English landscape painter and illustrator, and demonstrate a sensitivity offline and form rarely equaled in the illustration of the rose.

Please click on a thumbnail for enlargement. The paper is softly aged, with some light browning to the edges and occasional minor chips and/or short tears to the edges.
Please excuse the poor quality of our photos, the prints are beautiful!

Rosa Pomponia
Rosa parvifolia
"Burgundian Rose"

$165

Rosa gymnocarpt
Rosa gymnocarpia

$150

Rosa jundzilli Besser
Rosa jundzilli Besser

$165

Rosa Hawrana Kmet
Rosa Hawrana Kmet

$165

Rosa Serafini Viv.
Rosa Serafini Viv.

$150

Rosa agrestis Savi
Rosa agrestis Savi

$150

Rosa canina L. (Dog Rose)
Rosa canina L.
"Dog Rose"

Rosa canina, var. Globosa Desv.
Rosa canina, var. Globosa Desv.
variety of "Dog Rose"

$165

Rosa canina, var. Exilis Keller
Rosa canina, var. Exilis Keller
variety of "Dog Rose"

$165

Rosa macrantha Desp.
Rosa macrantha Desp.

$165

Rosa gallica L.
Rosa gallica L.

$150

Rosa Rubrifolia Villars
Rosa Rubrifolia Villars

$150

Rosa Dumetorum Thuill
Rosa Dumetorum Thuill

$150

Rosa glutinosa Sibth. &  Sm.
Rosa glutinosa Sibth. & Sm.

$150

Glutinosa var. poteriifolia
Rosa Glutinosa var. Poteriifolia
(no text avail.)

$150

Rosa blanda var. Willmottiana
Rosa blanda var. Willmottiana
(no text avail.)

$165

Rosa blanda
Rosa blanda
(no text avail.)

$165

Rosa blanda Aiton Hudson bay rose, labrador rose
Rosa blanda Aiton
"Hudson's Bay or Labrador Rose"

$165

Rosa damascena Miller
Rosa damascena Miller
"Damask Rose"

$165

rosa pomifera var.
Rosa pomifera var.
variety of "Apple Rose"
(no text avail.)

the apple rose
Rosa pomifera Herrm.
"The Apple Rose"

$165

Rosa pomponia De Candolle
Rosa pomponia De Candolle
"The Pompon Rose"
or "Rose de Meaux"

$165

Rosa tomentosa Smith
Rosa tomentosa Smith

$165

Rosa watsoniana Crép.
Rosa watsoniana Crép.

$100

Rosa Xanthina Lindl.
Rosa Xanthina Lindl.

$165

Rosa hardii Cels
Rosa hardii Cels

$165

Rosa spinosissima
Rosa spinosissima

$165

Rosa spinosissima, var. ochroleuca Baker
Rosa spinosissima,
var. ochroleuca Baker

$165

Rosa spinosissima (Garden Form)
Rosa spinosissima
(Garden Form)
(no text avail.)

Rosa wichuraiana Crép
Rosa wichuraiana Crép

$150

Rosa micrantha
Rosa micrantha Smith

$165

Rosa arvensis Huds.
Rosa arvensis Huds.

$165

Rosa coriifolia Fries.
Rosa coriifolia Fries.

$150

Rosa laevigata x chinensis
Rosa laevigata x chinensis
"Rose Anemone"

$165

Rosa chinensis, var. minima Rehder
Rosa chinensis, var. minima Rehder
"The Fairy Rose"

$175

Rosa ferox M. Bieb
Rosa ferox M. Bieb
"Crimean Sweet Briar"

$150

Rosa sempervirens Linn.
Rosa sempervirens Linn.

$150

white moss rose
Rosa centifolia albo-muscosa
"White Moss Rose"

$150

Rosa fedtschenkoana Regel
Rosa fedtschenkoana Regel

$150

Rosa beggeriana Schrenk
Rosa beggeriana Schrenk

$150