The Temple of Flora

In 1799, Robert John Thornton, a medically trained doctor & devoted botanist, began the production of The Temple of Flora – a volume of large-format engravings of beautiful, coloured floral portraits. Thornton spared no expense in creating the plates, employing the most celebrated flower painters of the age to portray the flowers in immaculate detail. In its day the book was a failure, bankrupted Thornton and he died in poverty & obscurity. Today the book is regarded as one of the most important Masterpieces of botanical art.

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