- Title: Violet colour'd African Campanula et al
- Author: John Hill
- Date: 1757
- Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
- Condition: Very Good Plus - age toning and light foxing
- Inches: 9 x 14 7/8 [Image]
- Centimeters: 22.86 x 37.78 [Image]
- Product ID: 232020
1. Violet colour'd African Campanula
2. Purple Socotrine Aloe
3. Æthiopian Philyca
4. Occidental Grevia
5. Vine-leav'd Geranium
6. Purple Shrub Trefoil
Eden: or, A Complete Body of Gardening by John Hill, London, dated 1757. Containing plain and familiar directions for raising the several useful products of a garden, fruits, roots, and herbage; From the practice of the most successful gardeners and the result of a long experience. Together with the culture of all kinds of flowers, according to the methods of the English, French and Dutch florists. With figures and descriptions of the flowers and plants proper for a garden.
This detailed, charming and whimsical work by John Hill, the first author to introduce the Linnaean taxonomic system to England, depicts newly imported plants from America and Asia. It served as a guide for florists, merchants and gardeners. Eden is one of the larger folio botanical collections we represent in our gallery. Each engraving is beautifully painted, demonstrating the effective blend of opaque and transparent water color, resulting in a convincing portrait of the flowers. These hand painted botanical prints wonderfully compliment each other and display well in groups.