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Australian Acacia biflora. Two-flowered Acacia. Wattle Paxton botanical c1840

Australian Acacia biflora. Two-flowered Acacia. Wattle Paxton botanical c1840

by Paxton, Joseph

This beautiful Acacia was first taken to England from New Holland (Australia) in 1803, but had been "nearly quite lost since that time.." This is the first published illustration of this beautiful Australian Wattle.

Original hand-coloured lithograph by Samuel Holden for Joseph Paxton. Published in London circa 1841 for "Paxton's Magazine of Botany & Flowering Plants".

Sir Joseph Paxton (1803-1865) was a hugely talented man. Starting as a gardener at15 years of age, with no formal education, his skill and enthusiasm were rewarded by appointment at the age of 23 as Head Gardener on the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth estate, one of England’s finest gardens of England. Although considered a landscape gardener, Paxton’s diverse talents gained him a reputation as both architect and engineer, particularly for his design of glasshouses. Paxton's design for the glasshouse conservatory at Chatsworth served as a model for his design of the Crystal Palace for the London International Exhibition of 1851 (following which he received his knighthood). Apparently Paxton drew the intricate design for this building in under nine days.

Size of page 230mm x 150mm ( 9 x 6 inches).

Stock Number: apbfP72Price: $198.00

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