The Superb Lily, from The Temple of Flora

A work made of color mezzotint, aquatint and etching, inked à la poupée, with watercolor (hand-coloring) on cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of color mezzotint, aquatint and etching, inked à la poupée, with watercolor (hand-coloring) on cream wove paper.

Date:

1799

Artist:

Richard Earlom (British, 1743-1822)
after Ramsay Richard Reinagle (British, 1775-1862)

About this artwork

In 1810, Richard John Thornton published the following “Apology” to his subscribers, explaining why his project of botanical illustrations remained incomplete:
It was my original idea, had the times been propitious, to have greatly enlarged this part of the work, and presented the world with seventy PICTURESQUE BOTANICAL COLOURED PLATES, in which case another distribution of them would have been made, and every class illustrated by SELECT EXAMPLES of the most interesting flowers, accurately described, and immortalized by poetry: but during the progress of this expensive work, with the exception of a few months respite, infuriate war has constantly and violently raged, which, like a devouring conflagration, destroys everything before it; commerce, agriculture and The Arts, all the sources of public prosperity, and private happiness, are by it dried up and annihilated.

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Artist

Richard Earlom

Title

The Superb Lily, from The Temple of Flora

Origin

England

Date

1799

Medium

Color mezzotint, aquatint and etching, inked à la poupée, with watercolor (hand-coloring) on cream wove paper

Dimensions

447 × 360 mm (image); 483 × 360 mm (plate); 525 × 412 mm (ma×) (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Gordon Dunthorne

Reference Number

1936.91

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