Australian Epacris coccineus. Scarlet-flowered Epacris Paxton aquatint c1838
by Paxton, Joseph
Australian Epacris, or Crimson Heath aquatint c1838. Original aquatint for "Paxton's Magazine of Botany & Flowering Plants" published in London circa 1838 by Sir Joseph Paxton.
Sir Joseph Paxton (1803-1865) was a hugely talented man. Starting as a gardener at 15 years of age, with no formal education, his skill and enthusiasm were rewarded by being appointed at the age of 23 as Head Gardener on the Duke of Devonshire's Chatsworth estate, one of England's finest gardens. Although he was more often considered a landscape gardener, Paxton's diverse talents gained him a reputation as both architect and engineer - particularly for the design of his glasshouses. His design for the horticultural glass house at Chatsworth was the model for Paxton's design of the Crystal Palace for the London Exhibition of 1851 (for which he received his knighthood). Apparently Paxton drew the intricate design for this building in under nine days.
Size of page 23 x15cm ( 9 x 6 inches)
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