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.
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