The artist, J.T. Hart (fl. 1833-40), is cited in C. Nissen, Die Botanische Buchillustration, Stuttgart, 1966, p. 156, no. 1690, as having contributed illustrations to J.R. Forbes, Illustration of the botany and other branches of the natural history of the Himalayan mountains, and of the flora of Cashmere, London, 1839.
The cactus illustrated is known as The Night Blowing Cereus and is a species of American plant that flowers for only one night. It is the subject of one of Reinagle's plates for Thornton's Temple of Flora, 1807, pl. XIV (see lot 79).
Hart also worked with A. B. Lambert (1761-1842) on the drawings for his A Description of the Genus Pinus, London, 1828-1837 (see lot 15).