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The Blue Passion Flower
London - 20 1/4" x 18 1/8" [London] Dr. Robert John Thornton. "The Blue Passion Flower." Engraving with original hand color from "Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature." 20 1/4 x 18 1/8 inches. Good condition. 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.
      [Bookseller: Arader Galleries - Houston]
Last Found On: 2014-10-10           Check availability:      AbeBooks    

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