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William Curtis botanist portrait engraving William Evans 1802

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William Curtis FLS


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Antique print relating to Australia


'William Curtis FLS Author of the Flora Londinensis', vignette below portrait titled 'The Frontispiece to Mr Curtis' Flora Londinensis' William Curtis (1746 - 1799) was an English botanist and entomologist. Curtis was demonstrator of plants and Praefectus Horti at the Chelsea Physic Garden from 1771 to 1777. He established his own London Botanic Garden at Lambeth in 1779, moving to Brompton in 1789. He published Flora Londinensis (6 volumes, 1777-1798), a pioneering work in that it devoted itself to urban nature. He went on the publish The Botanical Magazine in 1787, a work that would feature hand coloured plates by artists such as James Sowerby, Sydenham Edwards, and William Kilburn. In the Botanical Magazine, he published numerous illustrations and descriptions of Australian plants. Published by Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), physician and writer and publisher on botany. Slight handling creases. Sheet not wavy as appears in photo. REF : AUSBOT

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artist William Evans (active 1797-1856) (engraver)
method Stipple and line engraving
date 1802
size 455mm by 310mm (platemark)
SKU AU5945