The Red Doyenne Pear

Sir William Jackson Hooker


"The Transactions of the Horticultural Society, which appeared in ten volumes between 1805 and 1848.

"Wm. Hooker did the most of the plates in the first five volumes, including many fine fruit plates which outnumber the flowers. A number of fine plates, carefully coloured, some of very fine-grained aquatint, the fruit prints in particular comparing with the best of Hookers work, " (Dunthorne). William Hooker was the official artist to the Horticultural Society of London.

Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London.
London, 1849
Stipple Engraving
8.75" x 11" paper size
Condition: A+

  • Price: $525.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices and based on what price the piece was purchased at.   

    Condition, Condition, Condition!

    “Weeds & Roses” A good analogy for how the pricing of a print is determined from desirability is my description of "Weeds and Roses". It actually works with a number of publications from Audubons to Atlases. 

    O.K., let's take a complete first edition set of Audubon's Birds of America- 435 Plates, printed by Robert Havell. The Wild Turkey & The Flamingo will be the “Roses”, they are the major plates. These images are usually more desirable making them the most expensive, in upwards of $200,000.

    The Song Birds or "Tweety" birds are the minor plates, or "Weeds". These images are usually less desirable making them less expensive, as low as $2,000.

    However, not everyone prefers roses over weeds. Just because one is more expensive does not mean it is more beautiful to you. Art is a personal preference and you should always go with what stands out to you :)