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James Sowerby's English Botany (1860s)

Original hand-coloured lithographs over 140 years old

Sheet size: approximately 6.25 x 9.75 inches

James Sowerby
James Sowerby
—painted by Thomas Heaphy (1816)
 

Having decided to become a painter of flowers his first venture was with William Curtis, whose Flora Londinensis he illustrated. Sowerby studied art at the Royal Academy and took an apprenticeship with Richard Wright.

An early commission for Sowerby was to lead to his prominence in the field when the botanist, L'Hértier de Brutelle invited Sowerby to provide the plates for his monograph, Geranologia, and two later works. He also came to the notice of William Curtis, who was undertaking a new type of publication. Early volumes of the first British botany journal, The Botanical Magazine, contained seventy of his works.

In 1790, he began the first of several huge projects: a 36-volume work on the botany of England that was published over the next 24 years, contained 2592 hand-coloured engravings and became known as Sowerby's English Botany. An enormous number of plants were to receive their formal publication, but the authority for these came from the unattributed text written by James Edward Smith.

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Alpine Meadow Rue

Alpine Meadow Rue

Thalictrum Alpinum
PLATE 2
$15
light foxing
Lesser Meadow Rue

Lesser Meadow Rue

Thalictrum minus, maritimum
PLATE 3
$15
light foxing
Lesser Meadow Rue

Lesser Meadow Rue

Thalictrum minus, montanum
PLATE 4
$15
light foxing
Koch's Meadow Rue

Koch's Meadow Rue

Thalictrum Kochii
PLATE 6
$15
Stone Meadow Rue

Stone Meadow Rue

Thalictrum Saxatile
PLATE 7
$15
River Water-crowfoot

River Water-crowfoot

Ranunculus fluitans
PLATE 16
$15
Common Water-crowfoot

Common Water-crowfoot

Ranunculus peltatus vulgaris
PLATE 17
$15
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Various leaved Water-crowfoot

Various leaved Water-crowfoot

Ranunculus heterophyllus
PLATE 19
$15
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Baudot's Water-crowfoot (?)

Baudot's Water-crowfoot (?)

Ranunculus Baudotii Confusa
PLATE 23
$15
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Lenormand's Water-crowfoot

Lenormand's Water-crowfoot

Ranunculus Lenormandi
PLATE 25
$15
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Lesser Spearwort

Lesser Spearwort

Ranunculus eu-Flammula
PLATE 29
$15
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Bulbous Crowfoot

Bulbous Crowfoot

Ranunculus bulbosus
PLATE 35
$15
light foxing
Small flowered Crowfoot

Small flowered Crowfoot

Ranunculus parviflorus
PLATE 37
$15
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper and small hole in paper on lower left side
Corn Crowfoot

Corn Crowfoot

Ranunculus arvensis
PLATE 38
$15
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Corn Crowfoot

Creeping Marsh Mary-gold

Caltha radicans
PLATE 41
$15
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Common Columbine

Common Columbine

Aquilegia vulgaris
PLATE 46
$40
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Common Barberry

Common Barberry

Berberis vulgaris
PLATE 51
$25
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
White Water-lily

White Water-lily

Nymphaea alba
PLATE 53
$35
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Common Yellow Water-lily

Common Yellow Water-lily

Nuphar lutea, var. major
PLATE 54
$35
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Common Yellow Water-lily

Common Yellow Water-lily

Nuphar lutea, var. minor
PLATE 55
$35
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Lamotte's long-smooth-headed Poppy

Lamotte's long-smooth-headed Poppy

Papaver Lamottei
PLATE 59
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Celandine

Celandine

Chelidonium majus
PLATE 67
$20
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Pale flowered Fumitory

Pale flowered Fumitory

Fumaria Pallidiflora
PLATE 72
$20
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper, also unobtrusive 'scored lines' that appear to be original to the making of the paper
Common Fumitory

Common Fumitory

Fumaria officinalis
PLATE 76
$20
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Sea Kale

Sea Kale

Crambe maritima
PLATE 80
$20
very light browning/foxing around edges of paper
Wild Radish

Wild Radish

Raphanus Raphanistrum
PLATE 81
$20
light foxing/browning around edges of paper
Sea Radish

Sea Radish

Raphanus maritima
PLATE 82
$20
very light foxing/browning around edges of paper
Wild Mustard

Wild Mustard

Brassica Sinapistrum
PLATE 83
$20
light foxing/browning around edges of paper
White Mustard

White Mustard

Brassica alba
PLATE 84
$20
light browning around edges of paper
Hoary Mustard

Hoary Mustard

Brassica adpressa
PLATE 86
$20
light browning around edges of paper
Sea Cabbage

Sea Cabbage

Brassica oleracca
PLATE 87
$20
light browning around edges of paper
Rape

Rape

Brassica napus
PLATE 88
$15
foxing lower right and light browning around edges of paper
Wild Neveu

Wild Neveu

Brassica campestris
PLATE 89
$20
light browning around edges of paper
Common Turnip

Common Turnip

Brassica rapa
PLATE 90
$20
light browning around edges of paper, unobtrusive paper abrasion at top, outside of image area
Dwarf wallflower-cabbage

Dwarf wallflower-cabbage

Brassica eu-monensis
PLATE 91
$20
light browning around edges of paper
Wall Rocket

Wall Rocket

Brassica tenuifolia
PLATE 93
$15
light browning around edges of paper, fox marks on right side
Garlic hedge-mustard

Garlic hedge-mustard

Sisymbrium Alliaria
PLATE 100
$20
light browning around edges of paper, light fox marks
   
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