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Robert John Thornton MD


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Antique 19th century portrait of a botanist


Engraving from the 'European Magazine'. Robert John Thornton (1768-1837) was an English physician and botanical writer, noted for "A New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus Von Linneus" (1797-1807) and "The British Flora" of 1812. The most ambitious part of the "New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linneus" was Part III, the "Temple of Flora" (1799-1807). The first plates were engraved by Thomas Medland in May 1798 from paintings by Philip Reinagle. Between 1798 and 1807 they produced a total of thirty-three coloured plates, engraved in aquatint, stipple and line.

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artist W Ridley after Russell
method Stipple engraving
date 1803
size 160mm by 115mm (platemark)
SKU BT5244