Colour engraved plate entitled 'Leaves' from 'The Vegetable System' by John Hill, M.D. published in 1761 under the patronage of Lord Bute. Hill, a doctor and apothecary who had a botanic garden at Bayswater, London, published many works including herbals. His 'Vegetable System', a new way of classifying plants based on their flowers, was published in 26 volumes. Hill is sometimes known as Sir John Hill as he was made a Knight of the Swedish Order of Vasa in 1774.
Hand-coloured printed lithograph entitled Lilac, lithographed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel (1789-1850) after an original by Valentine Bartholomew (1799-1879). From Bartholomew's 'A Selection of Flowers Adapted Principally for Students', published in London by R. Ackermann in 1821-1822. Bartholomew's book includes 36 hand-coloured lithographs and is one of the first works to employ lithography for botanical illustration. Plate .
'Blush Provence rose'
Watercolour on vellum by James Bolton inscribed 'James Bolton pinxit, Stannary near Halifax'. 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.