Violaceae - Viola palustris. From: Flora londinensis by William Curtis.
Violaceae - Viola palustris
From: Flora londinensis by William Curtis.
London, the author, [1775-] 1777-1798. Hand-coloured engraving (sheet 315 x 505; impression 125 x 175 mm). Text missing.
Though William Curtis was not one of the great scientists, his name is writ large in English botany. Trained as an apothecary, he turned to gardening and then the description and illustration of plants. In his Flora londinensis he presented an impressive record of wildflowers growing within ten miles of London, including many no longer found there; and in his Botanical Magazine (1786 to date) he offered those exotics which Englishmen were pleased to grow in their gardens. this splendid, complicated, basic English flora (Hunt). Most of the plates are unsigned, but the artists involved were James Sowerby, Sydenham Teast Edwards and William Kilburn.
* Pritzel 2004; Dunthorne 87; Blunt & Stearn p. 185; Nissen BBI 439; Great flower books p. 54; Hunt 650; Henrey 595; Stafleu & Cowan 1286.