A framed original hand-coloured copperplate engraving from The Botanical Register, plate 483, from volume VI by Sydenham Edwards, published by James Ridgway of 170 Piccadilly in London, England on September 1st 1820.
This particular plate illustrates the Anchusa Italica or the Italian Bugloss (Pentandria Monogynia.
Sydenham Teast Edwards was the son of a Welsh schoolmaster. He accompanied William Curtis on his botanical travels as an artist and worked with Curtis for many years on the Botanical Magazine, producing over 1700 water colours.
Following a disagreement with John Sims, the editor of Curtis's Botanical Magazine, in 1815 he started a rival publication, The Botanical Register illustrated with detailed hand coloured copper plate engravings. The detailed Latin scientific descriptions show that Edwards was aiming his work at an international academic audience as well as plant lovers in his own country. The principal illustrators were Edwards himself, M. Hart and Miss Drake, this one by M Hart, and the engravers Sansom, Smith, S. Watts, White and G. Barclay.
This original 19th century print is accompanied by facsimile A4 reproduction of the original text three page description in English that accompanies this illustration from Edwards, Sydenham's The Botanical Register.
We have four different prints all framed in a similar manner, each being sold individually. The view with all four prints is for illustrative purpose only.
The frame is a modern 20th century one, and is in good vintage condition. The mount and print are a little discoloured. This is a lovely decorative print for any collector, gardener or botanist.
Frame Height 13 inches ( 33 cm)
Frame Width 9 3/4 inches ( 24.5 cm)
Visible print 9 inches by 5 1/8 inches ( 23 x 13 cm)
Weight 0.642 grammes unpacked