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Robert John Thornton & Peter Henderson
THE TEMPLE OF FLORA: A PAIR OF AQUATINT AND STIPPLE ENGRAVINGS
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 USD
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1424
Robert John Thornton & Peter Henderson
THE TEMPLE OF FLORA: A PAIR OF AQUATINT AND STIPPLE ENGRAVINGS
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 5,000 USD
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Robert John Thornton & Peter Henderson
THE TEMPLE OF FLORA: A PAIR OF AQUATINT AND STIPPLE ENGRAVINGS
Two hand-colored and color-printed aquatint and stipple engravings by Hopwood and Warner, London: June 1st., 1802. Framed.

includes: The Quadrangular Passion Flower — The Winged Passion Flower

each sheet approximately: 498 by 362 mm  19 5/8 by 14 1/4 in


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Catalogue Note

One of the most strikingly beautiful flower plates ever to be printed in England

Thornton's The Temple of Flora is the greatest English colour-plate flower book. "...[Thornton] inherited a competent fortune and trained as a doctor. He appears to have had considerable success in practice and was appointed both physician to the Marylebone Dispensary and lecturer in medical botany at Guy's and St. Thomas's hospitals. But quite early in his career he embarked on his...great work. What Redouté produced under the patronage of L'Héritier, Marie Antoinette, the Empress Josephine, Charles X, and the Duchesse de Berry, Thornton set out to do alone... Numerous important artists were engaged...twenty-eight paintings of flowers commissioned from Abraham Pether, known as `Moonlight Pether,' Philip Reinagle, ...Sydenham Edwards, and Peter Henderson...The result...involved Thornton in desperate financial straits...In an attempt to extricate himself he organized the Royal Botanic Lottery, under the patronage of the Prince Regent...It is easy to raise one's eyebrows at Thornton's unworldly and injudicious approach to publishing...But he produced...one of the loveliest books in the world." (Alan Thomas, Great Books and Book Collecting, pp.142-144)

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