Sydenham Teak Edwards British, born Wales
Not on view
Welsh-born Edwards came to London in 1788 at the invitation of the artist-publisher Edward Curtis, to design prints for the latter's "Botanical Magazine: or, Flower Garden Displayed." The use of bodycolor on vellum was favored by the earlier German botanical draftsman Georg Dionysius Ehret, who established the medium's popularity after settling in England in 1736. The way that this flower grows against a detailed landscape echoes the format pioneered by Robert Thornton's luxurious "Temple of Flora (1799-1807)," a series of color aquatints for which Edwards designed "Hyacinths" (see: 2014.596.1).