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Australian Beaufortia decussata. Cross-leaved Beaufortia (beautifully mounted). Paxton c1840.

Australian Beaufortia decussata. Cross-leaved Beaufortia (beautifully mounted). Paxton c1840.

by Paxton, Joseph

Stunning three-dimensional Beaufortia, known as the Gravel Bottlebrush.

Fine original hand-coloured lithograph by Samuel Holden for Joseph Paxton. Published in London c.1840 for Paxton's Magazine of Botany & Register of Flowering Plants.

Sir Joseph Paxton (1803-1865) was a very talented man. With little formal education, he began as a gardener at 15, and ended up knighted and a member of Parliament - which was an even greater feat considering the times he lived in.

Paxton's intelligence, enthusiasm and hard work were rewarded by his appointment when only 23 as Head Gardener of one of England’s finest gardens, the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth Estate. Although usually considered a landscape gardener, Paxton’s diverse talents gained him a reputation as both architect and engineer - particularly for his design of glasshouses. Known as the Crystal Palace, the enormous wrought iron and glass structure for the Great London International Exhibition of 1851 was quite a revolutionary building - in style and method. It was designed by Paxton, and based on his design for a large glasshouse conservatory at Chatsworth. Paxton and his construction manager were knighted following this marvellous architectural feat.

This wonderful botanical lithograph is currently mounted between antique white conservation ragmat boards with a hand-painted bevelled window-edge, and is cellophaned for presentation and protection until framed. Size of page 230mm x 150mm ( 9 x 6 inches).

Stock Number: apAuJP.beaufPrice: $220.00