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The Night-Blowing Cereus.

  • ARTIST: Dr. Robert John Thornton

  • PUBLISHER: London, published May 20, 1800, by Dr. Thornton.

  • MEDIUM: Mezzotint printed in color and finished by hand,

    DATE: 1800.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 17 5/8 x 14" (44.8 x 35.6 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: A fine example of one of the most sought after plates.<br><br> From "The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature. Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus." Published in London 1799-1807. (Engraved by) Dunkarton sculp. (Painted by) The flower by Reinagle, moon-light by Pether. This publication had a total of thirty-one plates. They are among the most important (and most beautiful) botanical prints ever published.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Plate A, Second state of two. (Two plates were produced, Dunthoune refers to them as A and B). On "J. Whatman 1810" watermarked paper. A beautiful impression.

  • CONDITION: Good condition and color. Skillfully repaired tear in right margin and soft light line in margins.

  • REFERENCE: Dunthorne "Flower and Fruit Prints of the 18th and early 19th Centuries" pp. 247-48.