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Australian Anigozanthos coccineus Kangaroo Paw by Paxton. Antique engraving c1835

Australian Anigozanthos coccineus Kangaroo Paw by Paxton. Antique engraving c1835

by Paxton, Joseph

Antique print of Australian Kangaroo Paw or Scarlet Anigozanthos, illustrating one of the most distinctive of the Australian native botanicals. Original aquatint engraved by Frederick W. Smith, published in London circa 1835 by Sir Joseph Paxton for Paxton's Magazine of Botany & Register of 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 - and was awarded a knighthood for his efforts.

Page size is 230mm x150mm ( 9" x 6")

Stock Number: apbfP66Price: $275.00

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