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Crinum Declinatum from A Selection of Hexandrian Plants
London: Havell, 1834. Fine.. Handcoloured aquatint, 642 x 450 mm. (sheet size), mounted. Born circa 1800, Priscilla Susan Bury was the daughter of a wealthy Liverpool merchant. She was raised at her family's estate, Fairfield, where exotic plants were grown in the family's hothouses. At that time, Liverpool was England's second city, a major industrial and trade centre. Due in large part to the efforts of William Roscoe, a wealthy Liverpool merchant and botanist, it also became a centre for the Linnaean System of classification, which further fuelled the Victorian fascination for botanical subjects. As a young girl growing up in this environment, Priscilla Bury began painting flower studies at an early age and displayed considerable talent. Her botanical illustrations (or "portraits" as she called them), which were primarily of lilies and related flowers.Bury occupies a singular position in botanical art. Unlike Redouté or Poiteau, she was not trained as a botanist or patronised as a professional artist. Her remarkable contribution, A Selection of Hexandrian Plants, which depicts flowers with six stamens, is the largest scale, most unusual and rarest of all nineteenth century botanicals. It was engraved by renowned London engraver Robert Havell at the very same time that he was engraving Audubon's plates. First produced from 1831 to 1834, these rich aquatint plates were partly printed in colour and further coloured by hand.This plate is Bury's study of the CRINUM declinatum (declinate), a form of CRINUM asiaticum.
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