Original English botanical drawing signed T. Allport and dated April 1834Original English botanical drawing signed T. Allport and dated April 1834Original English botanical drawing signed T. Allport and dated April 1834Original English botanical drawing signed T. Allport and dated April 1834Original English botanical drawing signed T. Allport and dated April 1834Original English botanical drawing signed T. Allport and dated April 1834Original English botanical drawing signed T. Allport and dated April 1834Original English botanical drawing signed T. Allport and dated April 1834Original English botanical drawing signed T. Allport and dated April 1834Original English botanical drawing signed T. Allport and dated April 1834

Original watercolor and ink drawing of a tropical orchid species, 20" by 16 1/2" (24" by 20" in mid 20th century simple framing), the botanical name Onsidium luxidum at lower right in pencil. A window in the reverse backing shows, written on a small piece of paper in brown ink in flowing early hand, "From Nature by T. Allport/Enville Hall April 1834." Enville Hall is today a classic English country estate and manor house in Staffordshire, in west-central England. This is the so-called Mule Ear orchid found in Jamaica, Cuba, extreme southern Florida and Northern South America. A website describes the history of this beautiful estate, which is about as English as England gets. From the 18th century well into Victorian times, the family placed a high priority on gardening, and by the mid 1850's, 6,000 people a week were coming to view the splendor. Hot houses and a conservatory grew exotic fruits such as melons and pineapples, and orchids were cultivated, (likely explaining the existence of our drawing). I do not see a "T. Allport" as a listed artist but then again there were countless talented watercolorists and botanical artists in 19th century England. This piece is in good condition with the exception of a dark brown area about 1/2" long at left, and a tear in the paper, 3 3/4", extending in from the right edge. There is a bit of goldish silk ribbon serving unsuccessfully as a mat. The buyer could preserve the frame and simply have a proper mat cut to fit. A delicate botanical drawing that has survived almost 200 years in relatively good condition.

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Original English botanical drawing signed T. Allport and dated April 1834

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