C1801

Dianell Caerulea. Blue Dianella. [Blue Flax-Lilly]

Artist:

Sydneham Edwards (1768 - 1819)

This earliest engraving of the blue flax-lily, blueberry lily, or paroo lily Modern binomial name: Dianella caerulea First described: Sims 1801 From Curtis’s Botanical Magazine: or, Flower-Garden Displayed..

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Full Title:

Dianell Caerulea. Blue Dianella. [Blue Flax-Lilly]

Date:

C1801

Artist:

Sydneham Edwards (1768 - 1819)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

113mm 
x 200mm

Paper Size: 

140mm 
x 235mm
AUTHENTICITY
Dianell Caerulea. Blue Dianella. [Blue Flax-Lilly] - Antique Print from 1801

Genuine antique
dated:

1801

Description:

This earliest engraving of the blue flax-lily, blueberry lily, or paroo lily

Modern binomial name: Dianella caerulea

First described: Sims 1801

From Curtis’s Botanical Magazine: or, Flower-Garden Displayed..

Biography:

Sydneham Edwards (1768-1819)

Initially worked for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, until a dispute with the publishers when he started his own rival magazine The Botanical Register. He was born in Monmouthshire, a from an early age demonstrated a precocious talent for drawing and when only 11 years old had copied plates from Flora Londinensis. A friend of William Curtis, the publisher visited the Edwards and recommended the boy to Curtis. Curtis proceeded to have Edwards trained in both botany and botanical illustration. Edwards was a prolific talent and between 1787 and 1815 he produced over 1,700 watercolours for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. He established The Botanical Register in 1815 after a disagreement with John Sims, Curtis’s editor.

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