The Temple of Flora - Antique Originals

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The production of The Temple of Flora was orchestrated by Dr. Robert Thornton in concert with a number of talented artists and printmakers who executed the majority of the illustrations. Containing 33 plates that dramatically and poetically illustrated Linnaeus’ discoveries about the sexual system of plants, the folio was rendered using a number of printmaking methods including aquatint, mezzotint, stipple, and line engraving. Most plates were altered at various points, resulting in as many as four distinct states for some images. Despite its lack of financial return at the time of its production, Dr. Robert Thornton’s epic depictions of flowers are celebrated as one of the most significant artistic contributions to botanical art of that period.

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The Temple of Flora - Antique Originals

Thornton Pl. 1, Aesculapius, Flora, Ceres and Cupid

Original price was: $4,000.00.Current price is: $1,600.00.

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 2, Cupid Inspiring the Plants with Love

$3,500.00

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 4, The Persian Cyclamen

Original price was: $5,000.00.Current price is: $2,000.00.

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 5, Hyacinths

$12,000.00

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 7, A Group of Carnations

Original price was: $16,000.00.Current price is: $8,800.00.

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 7, A Group of Carnations

$16,000.00

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 8, A Group of Auriculas (Group of Four Flowers)

Original price was: $9,500.00.Current price is: $4,750.00.

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 9, A Group of Auriculas (Group of Two Flowers)

Original price was: $7,500.00.Current price is: $3,750.00.

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 10, Tulips

Original price was: $18,000.00.Current price is: $9,900.00.

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 11, The Queen

Original price was: $9,500.00.Current price is: $4,750.00.

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 11, The Queen

$9,500.00

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 12, American Aloe

Original price was: $6,000.00.Current price is: $3,000.00.

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 14, Night Blowing Cereus

$18,000.00

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 15, The Oblique-leaved Begonia

Original price was: $7,000.00.Current price is: $3,500.00.

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 18, The Winged Passion Flower

Original price was: $6,500.00.Current price is: $3,250.00.

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches

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Thornton Pl. 19, The Quadrangular Passion Flower

Original price was: $6,500.00.Current price is: $3,250.00.

Original hand-colored aquatint engraving | circa 1797 – 1810 | 21 5/8 x 17 1/8 inches