Dr. John Robert Thornton's
THE TEMPLE OF FLORA
Dramatic print from Dr. Thornton's justifiably famous The Temple of Flora.
Designed as a grand tribute to the Swedish botanist, Linnæus, this presentation of large folio-sized floral prints is considered by many to be the most magnificent such work ever produced.
Each print was the result of a mixture of elaborate engraving processes. They were first printed in colour and then finished by hand, making it one of the earliest works to use this method.
The prints have a bold, dramatic impact unlike any other, the result of not only the superb engraving and coloring, but also Thornton's use of 'classical' landscapes in the backgrounds.
Folio size; approx. 18 x 14 inches (25½ x 30 inches framed).
Mixed medium; often employing mezzotint, aquatint, etching and line engraving on a single plate.
(Colours are, of course, much more vivid and rich than the photos below portray...