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SMITH, Edwin Dalton

SMITH, Edwin Dalton. Set of Five Botanical Coloured Lithographs from “Botanical Register” ( 170 Piccadilly, London, J. Ridgway, 1820-1821)

£400

 

Gold wood frames. 34x29cm (13.4×11.4in) inc. frame.

 

These botanical drawings were commissioned by Ridgway to be printed in the Botanical Register, an illustrated magazine created by the natural history illustrator Sydenham Edwards (1769 – 1819), a Fellow of the Linnean Society who had previously worked in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and subsequently left to create his own horticultural publication. The Botanical Register ran between 1815 and 1847, publishing thirty-three volumes of fully coloured illustrations of plants, their description and accounts of their discovery and origins.

 

Edwin Dalton-Smith (1800-1883), the creator of these lithographs, worked directly as an illustrator with the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and several other publications, as well as exhibiting his work at the Royal Academy.