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A Group of Auriculas

A Group of Auriculas, engraved by Lewis & Hopwood after Henderson, in a book entitled The Temple of Flora by Dr Robert John Thornton (1768-1837). The book was published between 1799 and 1807. Date: 1803

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1803 Auricula Flora Georgian Henderson Hopwood Lewis Primulaceae Purple Thornton Auriculas


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This exquisite engraving, titled 'A Group of Auriculas,' is taken from The Temple of Flora, a magnificent botanical publication by Dr. Robert John Thornton. The illustration was meticulously engraved by Lewis & Hopwood, based on the original watercolor painting by Henderson. The Temple of Flora was published between 1799 and 1807, with this particular image dated back to 1803. Auriculas, members of the Primulaceae family, are renowned for their unique and captivating flowers. In this illustration, we see a vibrant and diverse collection of these charming blooms. The Auriculas are depicted in various shades of yellow, purple, and green, their petals delicately folded and arranged in perfect harmony. The leaves, also illustrated, add to the intricacy of the design, their textures and shapes providing a striking contrast to the delicate flowers. The engraving is set against a backdrop of rolling mountains, adding a sense of depth and tranquility to the scene. The Temple of Flora, as the title suggests, was a celebration of the natural world and its beauty. Dr. Thornton, an accomplished botanist, aimed to showcase the wonders of the plant kingdom through his publication. This image of Auriculas is a testament to his dedication and the skill of the engravers, Lewis & Hopwood, in capturing the essence of these enchanting flowers. The Georgian era, during which The Temple of Flora was published, was a time of great interest in botany and natural history. This engraving, with its intricate detail and stunning visual appeal, is a reminder of the fascination and appreciation for the natural world that characterized this period in history.

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