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James Sowerby's English Botany (1860s)

Original hand-coloured lithographs over 140 years old

Sheet size: approximately 6.25 x 9.75 inches

James Sowerby
James Sowerby
—painted by Thomas Heaphy (1816)
 

Having decided to become a painter of flowers his first venture was with William Curtis, whose Flora Londinensis he illustrated. Sowerby studied art at the Royal Academy and took an apprenticeship with Richard Wright.

An early commission for Sowerby was to lead to his prominence in the field when the botanist, L'Hértier de Brutelle invited Sowerby to provide the plates for his monograph, Geranologia, and two later works. He also came to the notice of William Curtis, who was undertaking a new type of publication. Early volumes of the first British botany journal, The Botanical Magazine, contained seventy of his works.

In 1790, he began the first of several huge projects: a 36-volume work on the botany of England that was published over the next 24 years, contained 2592 hand-coloured engravings and became known as Sowerby's English Botany. An enormous number of plants were to receive their formal publication, but the authority for these came from the unattributed text written by James Edward Smith.

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Great Sea-lavender

Great Sea-lavender

Statice Behen, var. pyramidalis
PLATE 1157
$35
Typical light browning around paper's edges, foxing possible—please see enlargement for detail. Note the dog-ear crease lower left.
Lesser Sea-lavender

Lesser Sea-lavender

Statice binervosa, var. occidentalis
PLATE 1159
$35
Typical light browning around paper's edges, foxing possible—please see enlargement for detail.
Lesser Sea-lavender

Lesser Sea-lavender

Statice binervosa, var. Dodartii
PLATE 1160
$35
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Greater Plantain

Greater Plantain

Plantago major
PLATE 1162
$35
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Common Rib-grass

Common Rib-grass

Plantago lanceolata, var. vulgaris
PLATE 1164
$35
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Common Rib-grass

Common Rib-grass

Plantago lanceolata, var. Timbali
PLATE 1165
$35
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Buck's-horn Plantain

Buck's-horn Plantain

Plantago Coronupus
PLATE 1168
$35
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Ciliated Rapture-wort

Ciliated Rapture-wort

Herniaria ciliata
PLATE 1172
$25
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Common Knawel

Common Knawel

Scleranthus annuus, var. biennis
PLATE 1175
$25
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Perennial Knawel

Perennial Knawel

Scleranthus perennis
PLATE 1176
$25
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Wild Amaranth

Wild Amaranth

Amaranthus Blitum
PLATE 1177
$30
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Prickly Saltwort

Prickly Saltwort

Salsola Kali
PLATE 1180
$25
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Sea Beet

Sea Beet

Beta maritima
PLATE 1184
$25
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Many-clustered Goosefoot

Many-clustered Goosefoot

Chenopodium botryoides
PLATE 1195
$25
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Red Goosefoot

Red Goosefoot

Chenopodium eu-rubrum, var. genuinum
PLATE 1196
$25
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Grass-leaved Sea Orache

Grass-leaved Sea Orache

Atriplex littoralis, var. marina
PLATE 1201
$25
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Triangular-leaved Orache

Triangular-leaved Orache

Atriplex deltoidea
PLATE 1204
$25
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Babington's Orache

Babington's Orache

Atriplex Babingtonii
PLATE 1206
$25
Typical light browning around paper's edges, foxing possible—please see enlargement for detail. Minor edge wear.
Frosted Sea Orache

Frosted Sea Orache

Atriplex arenaria
PLATE 1207
$30
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Stalked-fruited Sea Orache

Stalked-fruited Sea Orache

Atriplex pedunculata
PLATE 1209
$30
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Golden Dock

Golden Dock

Rumex maritimus
PLATE 1212
$25
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Yellow Marsh Dock

Yellow Marsh Dock

Rumex palustris
PLATE 1213
$25
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Broad-leaved Dock

Broad-leaved Dock

Rumex obtusifolius
PLATE 1215
$25
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Meadow Dock

Meadow Dock

Rumex pratensis
PLATE 1216
$25
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Great Water Dock

Great Water Dock

Rumex Hydrolapathum
PLATE 1220
$25
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Sheep's Sorrel

Sheep's Sorrel

Rumex Acetosella
PLATE 1224
$25
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Common Buckwheat

Common Buckwheat

Polygonum Fagopyrum
PLATE 1226
$30
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Climbing Buckwheat

Climbing Buckwheat

Polygonum Convolvulus
PLATE 1227
$30
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Common Knot-grass

Common Knot-grass

Polygonum aviculare, vulgatum
PLATE 1229
$30
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Common Knot-grass

Common Knot-grass

Polygonum aviculare, arenastrum
PLATE 1230
$30
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Ray's Knot-grass

Ray's Knot-grass

Polygonum Raii
PLATE 1232
$25
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Water Pepper

Water Pepper

Polygonum Hydropiper
PLATE 1234
$25
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