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Australian Beaufortia decussata Paxton botanical antique print c1835

Australian Beaufortia decussata Paxton botanical antique print c1835

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by Paxton, Joseph

Antique print of distinctive Australian flora, Beaufortia decussata.

Original aquatint, drawn and engraved by F.W. Smith for Paxton's Magazine of Botany & Register of Flowering Plants published in London c1838 by Joseph Paxton.

Joseph Paxton (1803-1865) started work as a garden boy when 15. He had learned to read and write, and his skill, enthusiasm and hard work 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. More often 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 a very large glass house conservatory at Chatsworth served as a model for Paxton’s even larger design of the Crystal Palace for the London Exhibition of 1851. With radical new building methods with preconstructed similar sized modules 2,000 men built it within 8 months. Both Paxton and the building manager were knighted by Queen Victoria.

Size of page 230 x150mm ( 9 x 6 inches)

Stock Number: apbfP68Price: $195.00