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Paxton botanical illustration. Poinciana Pulcherrima Antique Print c1836

Paxton botanical illustration. Poinciana Pulcherrima Antique Print c1836

by Paxton, Joseph

Poinciana pulcherima, native to America. Original engraving of Poinciana by Frederick W. Smith for "Paxton's Magazine of Botany & Flowering Plants" published in London circa 1840 by Sir Joseph Paxton.

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 also as an architectural engineer 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 (for which he received his knighthood). Apparently Paxton drew the intricate design for this building in under nine days.

ize of page 230 x 150 mm ( 9" x 6").  Please note that there is oxidation of the watercolour and slight discolouration of this plate. The price has been adjusted accordingly.

Stock Number: apBot.P39Price: $55.00

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