Passion Flower

Sydenham Teak Edwards (British, Usk, Wales 1768–1819 London)
Gouache on vellum
sheet: 10 3/8 x 7 15/16 in. (26.3 x 20.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward Pearce Casey Fund, 2009
Accession Number:
Not on view
The Welsh-born Edwards came to London in 1788 at the invitation of the artist-publisher Edward Curtis, to design botanical prints for his "The Botanical Magazine: or, Flower Garden Displayed." The use of gouache on vellum here recalls a technique favored by the German botanical draftsman Georg Dionysius Ehret, whose British work from 1736 helped established the genre's popularity. The way this flower is set against a landscape echoes the format pioneered by Robert Thornton's luxurious "Temple of Flora (1799-1807)," for which Edwards designed an aquatint titled "Hyacinths" (see: 2014.596.1)
Inscription: Inscribed lower right: "Syd Edwards pinx 1799"
Vendor: James Mackinnon
Wilfrid Blunt The Art of Botanical Illustration. New York, 1951, Edwards discussed, pp. 186, 192-3, 206, 209, 222, pl. 31, p. 196.

Sydney Herbert Paviere A Dictionary of Flower, Fruit and Still-LIfe Painters, vol. II: Eighteenth Century. Leigh-on-Sea, 1962–64, Edwards, pp. 1962-4.

'The Temple of Flora' by Robert Thornton. New York Graphic Society, 1981, pl. V: "Hyacinths".

Rosa Camoletto, Marina Spini, Angelo Mistrangelico, Romano Gazzera Fiori d'arte : Romano Gazzera e le tavole del Curti's Botanical Magazine Ex. cat., Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Turin, February 5-March 15. 1999, Edwards discussed, pp. 30, 33-40.