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Shewy Stenactis (Stenactis Speciosa) – Sarah Drake – 1833

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A beautiful hand coloured engraving by Sarah Drake, published in the Piccadilly, London on 1st April 1833 by Ridgway for John Lindley. Colouring highlighted with gum Arabic which gives the impression of a rich three dimensional effect.

John Lindley noted …The Shewy Stenactis is a hardy perennial native to California and had been brought by Mr Douglas to the London Horticultural Society.

Very good condition the colours bright, thick paper clean 23cm x 15cm ... will frame nicely.

Sarah Drake was born in Norfolk in 1803. In 1830 she moved to the London house of John Lindley a leading botanist of the time. Among her roles she was the governess to Lindley’s children and through this Lindley spotted her superb artistic talent. She then became the principal illustrator to his botanical publications. She died in 1857. The Australian orchid genus Drakea was named in her honour.

John Lindley was born in 1799. Early in his career he was employed by Sir Joseph Banks in his Herbarium. He was Professor of botany at the University of London and also ran the Royal Horticultural Society. In the 1830’s Kew Gardens was nearly demolished but for Lindley who had to campaign in Parliament to save it from extinction

Price $90.00 unframed ... enquire for framing options if you wish

Price: $90.00

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