Hooker, W. (illus).
London. Horticultural Society of London. Ca. 1821.
Engraving, printed in color with additional hand color, sheet 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Light soiling to left edge, cropped close to image on left edge, otherwise very good condition. This is plate XIV from Volume IV of the "Transactions of the Horticultural Society". A notable feature of this publication was its pioneering use of steel (as opposed to copper) for the engraved illustrations after 1820. A number of artists and engravers were involved in the production of the engravings, but in all cases these are exceptionally beautiful images skilfully rendered by a combination of different techniques including engraving, mezzotint, aquatint and stipple, colored a la poupee and by hand. This image appears to have been both drawn and engraved by the renowned botanist William Jackson Hooker ("Drawn & Engraved by W. Hooker" at lower left). There is a great subtlety to the coloring of leaves, the deep green of the upper leaves contrasting with the delicacy of the under-leaf green. [Dunthorne, #142]. Item #33358
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