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Australian Podolobium tricolor. Podolobium ilicifolium. Native Holly. Curtis c1812

Australian Podolobium tricolor. Podolobium ilicifolium. Native Holly. Curtis c1812

by Edwards, Sydenham

Prickly Pea. Previously known as Oxylobium ilicifolium and Holly-leaved Podolobium, an Australian native shrub introduced to England after being sent from New South Wales in 1791.

Lovely hand-coloured copperplate engraving by Francis Sansom after a drawing by the eminent Welsh botanical illustrator Sydenham Edwards for The Botanical Magazine; or Flower-Garden Displayed published in London circa 1812 by T. Curtis. Illustrations for The Botanical Magazine have been revered for their scientific accuracy, and the natural pigments used in the early engravings have survived over two hundred years, ensuring their beauty endures today.

Sydenham Teast Edwards (1768-1819) was ‘discovered’ in Wales and trained in botanical illustration by William Curtis. His first illustration appeared in 1788. From 1788 to 1815 Sydenham Edwards was almost the sole artist for the Curtis’s Botanical Magazine which was begun by Willliam Curtis in 1787 when he was Praefectus Hortis (horticultural boss) at Chelsea Physic Gardens, to encourage the cultivation of rare wild plants, by illustrating new species that were being introduced into England. This publication has been published continuously for over 222 years, - now as “The Kew Magazine”. Sydenham Edwards was an exceptional botanical illustrator. The Botanical Magazine illustrated unusual plant species from around the world, and illustrations by Sydenham Edward have been widely collected.

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

Stock Number: apbfC1477Price: $176.00