C1868

Polypodium Dryopteris. [Oak Fern]

Artist:

Edward Joseph Lowe (1825 - 1900)

$A 20

In stock

S/N: FBAE-004-BOT-OS–231553
(DRW01)

Full Title:

Polypodium Dryopteris. [Oak Fern]

Date:

C1868

Artist:

Edward Joseph Lowe (1825 - 1900)

Condition:

Light spotting otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Colour printed engraving.

Image Size: 

130mm 
x 200mm

Description:

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
(1836-1917).

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.

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