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The Blue Passion Flower
London - Thornton, Dr. Robert John. "The Blue Passion Flower." Aquatint, mezzotint and stipple engravings finished by hand from "Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature (folio)." London; 1799-1807. Approximate paper size 20 3/8 x 15 7/8 inches. Good condition. Arader Galleries has offered the best quality prints for over 40 years. Our prints have full margins, great color, and no restoration. Dr. Robert Thornton was determined that his country produce the greatest series of botanical illustrations of all time, and his Temple of Flora is unsurpassed as a botanical document of the Romantic era. Thornton assembled the finest flower painters to paint the original designs that served as the basis for the engravings, and no expense was spared in their production. They are the first botanicals to include landscape backgrounds laden with symbolic, sentimental, and dramatic elements. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, as well as their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds, that place the Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. This work was first issued in parts between the years 1799 and l807. Thornton intended the work as a pictorial celebration, accompanied by prose and verse text, of the classification system of Linnaeus. He employed the artists Peter Henderson, Philipp Reinagle, and others to paint the plants, each in an exotic and romantic setting. Abraham Pether contributed the ┬┐moon-light┬┐ accompanying the plate of the night-blowing cereus. Thornton exhausted his fortune on the book's production, but in the process he created one of the most beautiful and distinctive works of botanical art of the modern era. Arader Galleries stocks the largest inventory in the world of Natural history watercolors, engravings, woodcuts, lithographs, color plate books and reference books on this subject. It is our firm intention never to be undersold.
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