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'Royale pourpre' rose References
Book  (1880)  Page(s) 15.  
 
Rivers' George IV, Superb crimson
Book  (1873)  Page(s) 65.  
 
Voici, d'après Pirolle, qui fut un des amateurs de roses les mieux entendus, un choix de rosiers non remontants, fait en 1842.
Dans les Hybrides non remontants: Belle de Rosny, Béranger, Brennus, Brown, Christiany, Eynard, Georges IV, Hippocrate, Malton, Richelieu, Triomphe de Guérin, Triomphe de Laffay.
Book  (1866)  Page(s) 128.  
 
The Hybrid Chinese Rose.
The following are among the best of this family of roses: [...] George the Fourth is an old rose raised some forty years ago by the excellent English cultivator, Mr. Rivers. Its bright crimson color and its neat foliage make it very attractive, though it is less double than some other varieties.
Book  (1858)  Page(s) 291.  
 
Rivers's George the Fourth is a Hybrid China; grows about ten feet high;.flowers large, of a very rich crimson color. This is also a fine dwarf Rose, when pruned down, and, like most of the Hybrid China, stands perfectly well in the open ground, but the tops are always winterkilled here.
Magazine  (1852)  Page(s) 480.  
 
Hardy Garden...Rivers George IV...
Magazine  (1852)  Page(s) 236.  
 
We recommend the following kinds, tho' the different tastes of cultivators will doubtless reject a part and add others; George fourth, dark crimson...
Book  (1847)  Page(s) 266.  
 
George the Fourth, H.C. [Hybrid China], is an old rose, produced by T. Rivers, but is still one of the most desirable of this class. Its flowers are of a dark crimson, and its young shoots have a purple tinge. Its very luxuriant habit makes it suitable for a pillar.
Website/Catalog  (1846)  Page(s) 28.  
 
First Division. — Hardy Roses, that Bloom but once.
Hybrid China Roses.
George IV... globular. Splendid Velvet crimson... $0.50
Book  (1844)  Page(s) 5.  
 
River's George the Fourth Robert Buist brought it back to Philadelphia from Thomas Rivers & Son, in England.
Book  (1842)  Page(s) 273.  
 
R. gallica....Varieties....with carmine-red, purple-red and red blooms...George IV, dark purple-red
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