Six stunning water lily chromolithographs from John Fisk Allen's Victoria Regia, or the Great Water Lily of America (1854). Allen, a well-respected botanist of his time, documents his attempts to breed the Amazon’s Victoria regia (Victoria amazonica) in Massachusetts. 

These beautiful lithographs by William Sharp (1803 - 1875) are credited with being the first chromolithographs created on American soil and are considered among the finest chromolithographs ever produced in America. We think they will make lovely wall prints! Let us know your thoughts? Get more insights from The Public Domain Review.

A gigantic water lily (Victoria Regia) in complete bloom by William Sharp (1803–1875).
A gigantic water lily (Victoria Regia) during the intermediate stage of bloom illustrated by William Sharp.
A view of the form of a gigantic water lily by William Sharp (1803–1875).
Opening flower of a gigantic water lily (Victoria Regia) by William Sharp (1803–1875).
Front piece of a young gigantic water lily (Victoria Regia) by William Sharp (1803–1875).
Under side of leaf of a gigantic water lily by William Sharp (1803–1875).