Priscilla Bury

Artist's Biography

Crinum Crentum. Pl. 22

Hand colored aquatint engraving, 1831-34.
Sheet size 26 1/4 x 19 5/8" (66.6 x 49.9 cm).Plate size 21 5/8 x 17 1/2" (550 x 445 cm) plus margins.
Overall good condition with original color.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 87762
Price: SOLD
Publisher : Published by Robert Havell, London.
Engraved, printed and colored by R. Havell, London.

A wonderful hand colored aquatint engraving by Robert Havell, from Mrs. Bury's A Selection of Hexandrian Plants, Belonging to the Natural Orders Amaryllidae and Liliacae (London: 1831-1834).

Priscilla Susan Bury (1799-1872)

Born Priscilla Falkner, in Rainhill, Lancashire, Mrs. Bury had no academic training in either Art or Botany. She grew up drawing plants raised in the greenhouses of her family home east of Liverpool. In 1829, she proposed to a few friends that she publish these drawings in a book called simply Drawings of Lilies. The drawings were to be engraved in aquatint and the book to be sold for 5 guineas.

Two years later the first of ten parts was published, but with a new title called A Selection of Hexandrian Plants. the job of reproducing Bury’s drawings was done by Robert Havell, Jr. (1793-1878). He used the same aquatinting process he was concurrently using to complete John James Audubon’s Birds of America. Like Audubon’s project, Havell reproduced Bury’s drawings on large plates, perhaps life size. Havell was also the book’s publisher and Audubon himself was listed among its subscribers.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Natural History - Botanicals , Other Flowers