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Australian beautiful native Indigofera australis(?) purple pea flower Paxton c1840

Australian beautiful native Indigofera australis(?) purple pea flower Paxton c1840

by Paxton, Joseph

Purple pea flowering native plant of Australia. (Unfortunately the name was cropped with the trimming of the plate for publication, so I'm not sure which one this is.)

Original hand-coloured lithograph by Samuel. Holden, published in London circa 1840 by Sir Joseph Paxton for "Paxton's Magazine of Botany & Flowering Plants".

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 promotion at the age of 23 to Head Gardener on the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth estate, one of England’s finest gardens. Although considered a landscape gardener, Paxton’s diverse talents gained him a reputation as both architect and engineer, particularly for his design of glasshouses. His design for the glass house conservatory at Chatsworth served as a model for Paxton’s design of the Crystal Palace for the London Exhibition of 1851. Apparently Paxton drew the intricate design for this building in under nine days - on blotting paper!

Size of page 230mm x150mm ( 9" x 6")

Stock Number: apbf.64Price: $154.00

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