C1820

Hedychium Flavum

Artist:

Fine early botanical engraving from the famous series, The Botanical Cabinet,  produced by the Loddiges family who had one of the most notable plant nurseries during the end of the C18th and early C19th. Their nursery traded and introduced many … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Hedychium Flavum

Date:

C1820

Artist:

Engraver:

George Cooke 
(1781 – 
1834)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Original copper engraving.

Image Size: 

152mm 
x 200mm
AUTHENTICITY
Hedychium Flavum - Antique Print from 1820

Genuine antique
dated:

1820

Description:

Fine early botanical engraving from the famous series, The Botanical Cabinet,  produced by the Loddiges family who had one of the most notable plant nurseries during the end of the C18th and early C19th. Their nursery traded and introduced many exotic plants, trees, shrubs, ferns, palms and orchids from the Americas, Africa and Australia into British and European gardens. As part of their success they were encouraged to produce a “catalogue” of their plants which they named the The Botanical Cabinet and became one of the most influential botanical series produced during the great era of plant collecting.

Biography:

Joachim Conrad Loddiges (1738–1826) the founder of the nursery was born in Hildesheim, his father Casper Lochlies was a gardener to a nobleman in Wrisbergholzen, near Hannover. Conrad trained in The Netherlands and emigrated to Britain at the age of 19 during the Seven Years’ War to take up employment as gardener for Dr J. B. Silvester in the suburban village of Hackney, north of London. When in his forties he married, he had not accumulated sufficient savings to expand a small seed business started by fellow German émigré John Busch, which he purchased, together with the good will of Busch’s clientele in 1771 and had fully paid for by 1777 by which time he began to write to people all over the world, urging them to send him packets of seeds collected from trips to native hills, valleys and plains. From these small beginnings, its initial catalogue appearing in 1777 the nursery business gained a specialist market in Britain, and was increasingly able to attract clients from estates and botanical gardens throughout Europe.

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