The Narrow Leaved Kalmia.
London. Published June 1. 1804 by Dr. Thornton.
Aquatint and stipple with small margins, printed in colours and hand-finished. 540 x 410mm (21¼ x 16".)
An illustration of the Kalmia angustifolia, a native of eastern North America known now as narrow-leaved laurel, dwarf laurel and lambkill (because of an andromedotoxin poisonous to grazing animals). 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.251, only state.
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