London, South Kensington
12 March 2008
Richard Earlom (1743-1822), after Philip Reinagle
The Superb Lily
mezzotint printed in colour and finished by hand, heightened with gum arabic, on wove paper with margins, published by Dr Thornton, London, 1799
P. 19 1/16 x 14in. (48.4 x 35.5cm.)
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The Superb Lily, one of the finest plates from Thornton's Temple of Flora which was conceived as being the most sumptuous book of botanical illustrations ever produced.
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