Edward Joseph Lowe (1825 - 1900)
Fine botanical engraving of a fern by Edward Joseph Lowe.
Lowe was a botanist and meteorologist whose private income allowed him to
pursue his passionate interest in ferns at a time when there was also
widespread public interest in the collecting and growing of the family:
‘ferneries’ were a feature of many a fashionable garden.
The beautiful plates were produced using a complicated printing process
which allowed for the accurate alignment of multiple wood-engraved
blocks to produce crisp clear outlines and luminous colours. They are
the work of the master of this process: Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893),
working from originals by his long-time employee Alexander Francis Lydon
From Lowe’s, Our Native Ferns.
Reference: Nissen: 1243, p.114
Biography: Edward Joseph Lowe (1825-1900) Lowe was a renowned English botanist, meteorologist and astronomer affectionately known as ‘The Big Snowflake’ because of his white beard.
Edward Joseph Lowe (1825-1900)
Lowe was a renowned English botanist, meteorologist and astronomer affectionately known as ‘The Big Snowflake’ because of his white beard.
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