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Linnaeus in his Lapland Dress.  From an original Picture in the possession of Dr. Thornton.
Linnaeus in his Lapland Dress. From an original Picture in the possession of Dr. Thornton.
Hoffman pinx.t. Dunkarton sculp.t.
London published by Dr. Thornton June 1. 1805.
Mezzotint, rare. 510 x 350mm (20 x 13¾").
Carl Linnaeus the elder, 1707-1778, a plant with a label attached in one hand, a shaman's drum in the other. An inscription on the drum reads 'Carolus Linnaeus a Lapponia redux aetat 30, anno 1737 / Mart Hoffman fecit.' An illustration from Robert Thornton's 'Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus'. Other states give the engraver's name as Henry Kingsbury.
Chaloner Smith 8, state iii of iii. Ex Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd. Wellcome: 1778-2
[Ref: 36872]   £850.00  
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Linnaeus in his Lapland Dress.  From an original Picture in the possession of Dr. Thornton.
Linnaeus in his Lapland Dress. From an original Picture in the possession of Dr. Thornton.
Hoffman pinxt. H. Kingsbury sculpt.
London published by Dr. Thornton June 1805.
Mezzotint, printed in colours. 510 x 350mm (20 x 13¾"). Slightly rubbed, 4cm break on platemark lower left.
Carolus Linnaeus the elder, 1707-1778, a plant with a label attached in one hand, a shaman's drum in the other. An inscription on the drum reads 'Carolus Linnaeus a Lapponia redux aetat 30, anno 1737 / Mart Hoffman fecit.' An illustration from Robert Thornton's 'Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus'.
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The American Cowslip.
The American Cowslip.
Henderson del. Warner sculp.
London. Published May 1, 1801 by Dr. Thornton.
Aquatint with stipple and line, printed in colours and hand-finished. 550 x 450mm (21¾ x 17¾"). Cut to platemark. A repaired tear in margin.
An illustration of the American Cowslip, a member of the genus 'Dodecatheon'. It was published in Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora' 1799-1807, considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat, in this case with ships in the background.
Dunthorne: p.250, state ii of ii.
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Cupid, Flora, Ceres, and Esculapius, Honouring the Bust of Linnaeus.
Cupid, Flora, Ceres, and Esculapius, Honouring the Bust of Linnaeus.
Russell R.A. & Opie R.A. pinx.t. Maddocks sculp.t.
London Pub.d Jan.y 1 1812 by Dr. Thornton.
Stipple. 375 x 270mm, 14¾ x 10½".
One of the frontispieces to the Lottery Edition of Dr Robert Thornton's 'Temple of Flora'. In an attempt to bring in revenue to pay for the publication of his large botanical plates, Thorton had this small folio edition produced and held a lottery with them as prizes. This too failed and Thornton became destitute.
[Ref: 16742]   £190.00   (£228.00 incl.VAT)
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A Group of Carnations.
A Group of Carnations.
Henderson pinx. Caldwell sculp.
London. Published April 2nd, 1803 by Dr. Thornton.
Aquatint with stipple and line, printed in colours and hand-finished. 510 x 390mm.
Published in Thornton's 'Temple of Flora', the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. Third and last state.
[Ref: 6133]   £1,700.00  
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Hyacinths.
Hyacinths.
S. Edwards pinx.t. Warner sculp.t.
London. Published June 1, 1801 by Dr. Thornton.
Aquatint with stipple and line, printed in colours and hand-finished. 550 x 450mm (21¾ x 17¾"). On Whatman paper. Cut to plate on three sides.
Four varieties of hyacinths, published in Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora' 1799-1807, considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat.
Dunthorne: p.245, state ii of ii.
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Hyacinths.
Hyacinths.
S. Edwards pinx.t. Warner sculp.t.
London. Published June 1, 1801 by Dr. Thornton.
Aquatint with stipple and line, printed in colours, no added hand colouring. 550 x 450mm.
Four varieties of hyacinths, published in Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora' 1799-1807, considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. This example is unusual in having no additional hand colour, instead relying on the quality of the colour printing.
Dunthorne: p.245, state ii of ii.
[Ref: 40878]   £850.00  
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Indian Reed.
Indian Reed.
Henderson pinxt. Caldwall Sculpt.
London. Published by Dr. Thornton. 1804.
Coloured aquatint. Plate 538 x 412mm. 21¼ x 16¼".
From Dr. Thornton's "Temple of Flora" London: 1799-1807. Published in Thornton's 'Temple of Flora', the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. Dr Robert John Thornton (1768-1837) was an English physician and botanical writer. At Trinity College, Cambridge he turned away from the church towards medicine, having been inspired by the works of Linnaeus and Thomas Martyn's lectures. He went on to work at Guy's Hospital, London, where he later lectured in medical botany. Ht took some time off to travel abroad, whish is when he begain his ambitious work, the 'Temple of Flora', for which, he produced a total of thirty-three coloured plates. His original plan was to publish seventy folio-size plates, however the lack of public interest spelled disaster and Thornton died in poverty.
[Ref: 16504]   £720.00  
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The Maggot-bearing Stapelia.
The Maggot-bearing Stapelia.
Henderson pinx.t. Stadler sculp.t.
London Published July 1, 1801, by Dr. Thornton, Hinde Street.
Aquatint with some stipple & line, printed in colours, hand-finished. 530 x 400mm, 20¾ x 16". Smith watermark Tears repaired.
Stapelia hirsuta L. or Carrion Flower, from Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora' 1799-1807, considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat. Here this South African plant is shown in an almost alpine environment. Hiding underneath is a snake. Thornton (1768-1837) was an English physician and botanical writer. At Trinity College, Cambridge he turned away from the church towards medicine, having been inspired by the works of Linnaeus and Thomas Martyn's lectures. He went on to work at Guy's Hospital, London, where he later lectured in medical botany. Ht took some time off to travel abroad, which is when he began his ambitious work, the 'Temple of Flora', for which he produced a total of 33 coloured plates. His original plan was to publish seventy folio-size plates, however the lack of public interest spelled disaster and Thornton died in poverty.
Dunthorne: p. 250, state ii of ii.
[Ref: 19482]   £450.00  
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The Pontic Rhododendron.
The Pontic Rhododendron.
Henderson del. Caldwell sculp.
London. Published by Dr. Thornton, Dec.r 1st 1802.
Aquatint with stipple & line engraving, small margins,printed in colours and hand-finished. 530 x 405mm (21 x 16"). 2 small fly spots in sky.
An illustration of Rhododendron ponticum, or Common Rhododendron. It was published in Dr Robert John Thornton's 'Temple of Flora' 1799-1807, considered by many to be the greatest English colour-plate flower book, and the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat.
Dunthorne, p.250, only state.
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The Snowdrop.
The Snowdrop.
Pether pinx.t. W.Ward, Engraver to H.R.H., the Duke of York, sculp.t.
London, Published by Dr Thornton, Sept.r 1804 [-1810].
Mezzotint and aquatint, printed in colours and hand finished, on heavy Whatman paper. 490 x 345mm, 19¾ x 13½".
Snowdrops and crocuses in the foreground, with a snow-covered cottage and village in the distance. Published in Thornton's 'Temple of Flora', the first series of flower prints to show the plant within a habitat, and regarded as the finest English botanical colour-plate book.
Dunthorne: p.244, state III of III.
[Ref: 21383]   £650.00  
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