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A Group of Auriculas plate from Temple of Flora  

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A Group of Auriculas - plate IX from the Temple of Flora

Thornton, Robert


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[c. 1810]


Color aquatint and stipple on wove paper, finished with hand-coloring. Engraved by Sutherland after a painting by Philip Reinable. (Folio) image: 46.5x38.2 (18¼x15"); sheet: 57.5x45 cm (22¾x17¾"). 

Plate IX from Dr. Robert Thornton's magisterial Temple of Flora, one of the most celebrated works of botanical illustration in history. Depicted are the Cockup's Eclipses and Grimes Privateer. "The fine-grained aquatint in which he executed the plate is of superb quality and the distant mountains show subtle gradations of tone arguing very high control of the medium." - Ronald King, The Temple of Flora.

Lot Amendments

Minor toning to sheet, a few foxing spots, one slightly affecting title, one minor crease at right edge.

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