Sydenham Edwards (1768-1819) was a prolific English natural history illustrator of the last quarter of the 18th century and early years of the 19th century. He is today best known for his botanical prints, produced in a time when public interest was stoked by the intense exploration of remote corners of the world at that time, with samples of new botany returned for study. It is estimated that between 1787 and 1815, Edwards produced 1,700 watercolors of botanical subjects, from which prints would be made. He showed unusual draftsmanship skills while still young, already copying plates. Others recognized his talents and encouraged him. This is an aquatint with hand coloring. The marbled paper strips of the mat job are separating/displaced in the corners. The print shows some signs of age, with perhaps a water drop or bit of foreign matter about an inch above the artist's printed name. This image was published in the year 1812.
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