Watercolour on vellum by James Bolton annotated as 'Common Stuartia, native of Carolina and Virginia'. Bolton was born in West Yorkshire, England and was the son of a weaver. He was a self- taught botanist, artist and engraver. His brother Thomas Bolton (1722-1778) was also a naturalist. James Bolton was highly successful as a mycologist and author of several botanical books including the first British book on fungi. James and Thomas Bolton were both sponsored by the art and natural history collector Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland (1715-1785). Painting date c.1790s.
Colour engraving of 'Tropaeolum majus var' (nasturtium) by P.J. Redouté from 'Choix des plus belle fleurs' published in 1827. The publication contains 144 colour plates of flowers, some including insects, and is dedicated to the princesses Louise and Marie d'Orléans.
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