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Aquatintaradierer, Mezzotintokünstler, b. 1768 - d. 1837

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            • THORNTON, Robert John. Two indentures regarding a grant of annuity secured against his art collection.
              Jun. 07, 2024

              THORNTON, Robert John. Two indentures regarding a grant of annuity secured against his art collection.

              Est: $800 - $1,200

              THORNTON, Robert John (1768-1837). Two partially printed indentures signed ("Robt. Thornton") to Patrick Colquhoun ("P. Colquhoun"), regarding a grant of annuity secured against Thornton's art collection to resolve his debts, 30 June - 29 July 1814. First document: 7pp. on vellum, 2 wax seals, tax stamps on each page, docketed on verso by conduit William Day, old folds. Second document: 3pp. on vellum, wax seal, tax stamp, docketed on verso by conduit William Day, old folds. A grant of annuity between Thornton, Colquhoun, and Grant David Yeats (1773-1836) regarding the security of Thornton's "valuable collection of pictures by esteemed Masters as specified and described in a certain catalogue of inventory thereof hereunder written..." The indenture lists over 300 artworks. Thornton would pay an annuity of 300 pounds to Colquhoun and Yeats in exchange for a lump sum of 6000 pounds. Colquhoun (1745-1820) was a Scottish magistrate, merchant, and founder of the first regular preventive police force in England, The Thames River Police. Yeats was an English-American physician and writer who authored the biography of Colquhoun in 1815. [With:] Autograph letter signed ("Robt. Thornton"), to William Day, conduit, 27 June 1814. 3 pp., 8vo, old folds, two small tears on integral leaf from wax seal. Thornton requests that no delay be made of the payment against the security of his artwork that is to be deposited with Colquhoun or Yeats. [With:] Autograph letter signed ("Wm. Day") to Patrick Colquhoun, 19 November 1814. 8vo, 1 page, on a bifolium, old folds. "I FEEL CONFIDENT THAT EVENTUALLY WE SHALL NOT BE LOSERS BY THIS UNFORTUNATE GENTLEMAN." Day mentions a letter he received from Thornton regarding his affairs that are being settled by his friends and await word from Colquhoun on further steps apparently to be rid of Thornton. Written on the verso and integral leaf of the bifolium are 2 pages of fair copies of two letters sent by Thornton to Day and Colquhoun. Thornton is best known for his monumental work "The Temple of Flora," published in 1799 as part of a larger work titled "New illustration of the sexual system of Carolus von Linnaeus." "The Temple of Flora" is considered one of the most beautiful and extravagant botanical books ever produced, however, despite its artistic and botanical significance, the work was a commercial failure, and Thornton fell into significant debt as a result of its publication. The lavish production costs, coupled with Thornton's inability to sell enough copies, left him deeply in debt, and eventually led to his bankruptcy in 1813. Despite inheriting his family fortune, which the author used to fund his publication, Thornton was forced to sell his personal library and other possessions to pay off his debts. Thornton died in destitution.

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            • THORNTON, Robert John. New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus... and the Temple of Flora [1799-] 1807-[1812].
              Jun. 07, 2024

              THORNTON, Robert John. New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus... and the Temple of Flora [1799-] 1807-[1812].

              Est: $10,000 - $15,000

              THORNTON, Robert John (1768-1837). New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus Comprehending... and the Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature. London: for the Publisher, by T. Bensley [1799-] 1807-[1812]. 3 parts in two volumes (disbound), large folio (565 x 457 mm), comprising: Part I: Engraved half-title “A British Trophy...”; engraved portrait of Thornton by F. Bartolozzi after Russell; engraved additional title “A New Illustrations of the Sexual System…”; engraved portrait of Linnaeus by H. Meyer after Hollman and Bartolozzi printed in color (laid in from another copy); engraved portrait of Queen Charlotte by Bartolozzi after W. Beechy; engraved dedication; 3 engraved tables; engraved part-title “The Prize Dissertation”; engraved plates of “Farina of Flowers,” “The Universal Power of Love,” and portrait of Sir Thomas Millington as usual; with the addition of 6 engraved portraits and 21 engraved botanicals. Letterpress title and 27 text leaves (including dedication and part-title). (Engraved half-title soiled and frayed, marginal dampstaining, spotting.) Part II: Engraved part-title “The Sexual System of Carolus Von Linnaeus”; 2 mezzotint portraits (one colored, laid in from another copy) of Linnaeus in Lapland dress by Dunkarton after Hoffman [both Dunthorne's state B]; 3 engraved tables; 17 engraved portraits and 69 engraved botanicals. 7 text leaves including letterpress part-title. Part III: Engraved title on 2 sheets “The Temple of Flora…Picturesque Botanical Plates…”; engraved table of contents; engraved dedication on 2 sheets; engraved part-title; 3 plates: “Flora Dispensing her Favours on Earth” (aquatint and stipple engraved, hand-colored), “Aesculapius, Flora, Ceres and Cupid...”, and “Cupid Inspiring the Plants with Love” (color-printed stipple-engravings finished by hand); 27 (of 28) mezzotint and/or aquatint engraved plates printed in colors and/colored by hand (lacking only the "Tulips" plate), comprising mostly later states: “The Snowdrop” [Dunthorne state II]; “The Persian Cyclamen” [III]; “Hyacinths” [II]; “Roses” [II]; “A Group of Carnations” [III]; “A Group of Auriculas” [II]; “The Queen Flower”; “The American Aloe”; “The Nodding Renealmia” [II] (3-inch tear affecting plate mark); “The Night Blowing Cereus” [state not in Dunthorne, watermark “E & P 1806”]; “The Oblique-Leaved Begonia” [I]; “Large Flowering Sensitive Plant” [III]; “The Blue Passion Flower” [III]; “The Winged Passion Flower” [III]; “The Quadrangular Passion Flower” [III]; “The White Lily” [state not in Dunthorne, watermark “E & P 1804”]; “The Superb Lily” [B, IV]; “The Dragon Arum” [III]; “The Maggot-Bearing Stapelia” [II]; “American Bog Plants” [II]; “The Pontic Rhododendron”; “The American Cowslip” [II]; “The Narrow Leaved Kalmia”; “The China Limodoron”; “The Indian Reed” [state not in Dunthorne, watermark “J. Whatman 1809”]; “The sacred Indian Bean”; “The Blue Egyptian Water Lily”. 80 text leaves (including part-title and title). (Light marginal toning and soiling to some plates, offsetting to text, part title frayed and soiled, spotting and soiling to general titles.) Contemporary dark burgundy straight-grain morocco with alternating Greek-rolls and palmettes in blind (disbound, covers present); folding cases. A VIRTUALLY COMPLETE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE GRANDEST AND MOST SUMPTUOUS OF ENGLISH BOTANICAL BOOKS. The 28 flower plates are after paintings by Abraham Pether, Philip Reinagle, Sydenham Edwards, Peter Henderson and others. Although a physician by training, Thornton himself provided the painting for the "Roses," a particularly sumptuous plate. Ward, Earlom and Dunkarton executed the mezzotint engraving, while the aquatinting of the plates was done by Stadler and Sutherland. Although it caused his ruin, Thornton produced "... the most strikingly beautiful set of flower plates ever to be printed in England, [and] one of the loveliest books in the world" (see Alan Thomas's account in Great Books and Book Collectors, pp.142-44). However, its publication history was complex, leading Buchanan to state that "no two copies of this book are alike." Even the title was not used consistently. What is now universally known as The Temple of Flora is the final portion of a work which Thornton announced to the public in 1797 as a New illustration of the sexual system of Carolus von Linnaeus. There is no more magnificent English flower book. The present work contains all text leaves as called for, all the engravings in part I and II that are not usually found in most copies, and all but one engraving in part III. Cleveland Collections 722; Dunthorne 301; Great Flower Books p.143; Nissen BBI 1955; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 14.283. 

              Hindman
            • ROBERT JOHN THORNTON, (c1768 - 1837), The Temple of Flora: The Complete Plates, (28) facsimile engravings (unframed), sheet:53 x 43 cm. (20.8 x 16.9 in.) each, box: 56 x 45 x 4 cm. (22.0 x 17.7 x 1.5 in.)
              May. 29, 2024

              ROBERT JOHN THORNTON, (c1768 - 1837), The Temple of Flora: The Complete Plates, (28) facsimile engravings (unframed), sheet:53 x 43 cm. (20.8 x 16.9 in.) each, box: 56 x 45 x 4 cm. (22.0 x 17.7 x 1.5 in.)

              Est: $300 - $500

              ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (c1768 - 1837) The Temple of Flora: The Complete Plates (28) facsimile engravings (unframed) accompanied by explanatory essays by Werner Dressendorf, in original box, published by Taschen

              Lawsons
            • Dr Robert John Thornton (1768-1873), publisher
              May. 14, 2024

              Dr Robert John Thornton (1768-1873), publisher

              Est: £150 - £250

              Dr Robert John Thornton (1768-1873), publisher 'Roses'; 'Carnations' two coloured aquatint and mezzotint engravings with hand-colouring from the Temple of Flora, 'Carnations' dated 1 January 1812 30 x 21cm, each in a parcel-gilt ebonised frame (2) Condition Report: Frame size 49 x 38cm. Some light fading to colours. The paper is aged and foxed in some areas. Some small holes/creases to the Roses. Frame fittings secure and ready to hang. Glazing entact. Some light wear to frames commensurate with age and use. Overall the prints are in fair condition and ready to hang.

              Sworders
            • ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (1768-1837) The Temple of Flora A set thirty two colour botanical prints, in hardback case with booklet Each printed leaf 53 x 43cms Published by Taschen c.2008
              May. 01, 2024

              ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (1768-1837) The Temple of Flora A set thirty two colour botanical prints, in hardback case with booklet Each printed leaf 53 x 43cms Published by Taschen c.2008

              Est: €300 - €400

              ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (1768-1837) The Temple of Flora A set thirty two colour botanical prints, in hardback case with booklet Each printed leaf 53 x 43cms Published by Taschen c.2008

              Adam's
            • The Temple of Flora American Bog-Plant Robert Thornton
              Mar. 27, 2024

              The Temple of Flora American Bog-Plant Robert Thornton

              Est: $800 - $1,200

              American Bog-Plants Felid Pothos-Pitcher Plant Venus Fly Trap From the Temple of Flora; Or Garden of Nature Aquatint, Mezzotint in color/engraving on paper Reinagle sen A.R.A. pinx Sutherland sculp Robert John Thornton (1768-1837) London published by Dr. Thornton July1, 1806 20.75 x 17 inches (paper) unframed Overall in good condition. Foxing and perimeter paper loss. Image in very good condition.

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            • DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (England, 1768-1837), "The Queen", depicting a Persian Cyclamena (bird of paradise)., Aquatint, 19.5" x 14.5" sight. Framed 25.5" x 17.5".
              Mar. 21, 2024

              DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (England, 1768-1837), "The Queen", depicting a Persian Cyclamena (bird of paradise)., Aquatint, 19.5" x 14.5" sight. Framed 25.5" x 17.5".

              Est: $1,000 - $2,000

              DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON England, 1768-1837 "The Queen", depicting a Persian Cyclamena (bird of paradise). From the Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature.

              Eldred's
            • Dr Robert John Thornton (1768-1873), publisher
              Mar. 19, 2024

              Dr Robert John Thornton (1768-1873), publisher

              Est: £300 - £500

              Dr Robert John Thornton (1768-1873), publisher 'Roses'; 'Carnations' two coloured aquatint and mezzotint engravings with hand-colouring from the Temple of Flora, 'Carnations' dated 1 January 1812 30 x 21cm, each in a parcel-gilt ebonised frame (2) Condition Report: Frame size 49 x 38cm.

              Sworders
            • Robert John Thornton (1768-1837): Roses
              Jan. 23, 2024

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837): Roses

              Est: $800 - $1,200

              Mezzotint with hand-coloring on wove paper, 1805. 22 x 18 in. (sheet), 28 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (frame). The Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty at STAIR: A Lifetime of Connoisseurship, Curiosity and Collecting

              STAIR
            • Robert John Thornton (1768-1837): Tulips
              Jan. 23, 2024

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837): Tulips

              Est: $800 - $1,200

              Mezzotint with hand coloring on wove paper, 1798. 19 x 14 in. (sight), 28 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. (frame). The Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty at STAIR: A Lifetime of Connoisseurship, Curiosity and Collecting

              STAIR
            • THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, THE SNOWDROP
              Dec. 09, 2023

              THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, THE SNOWDROP

              Est: $1,500 - $3,000

              THORNTON, Dr. Robert John (1768-1837). The Snowdrop. Aquatint, mezotint, and stipple engraving, finished by hand with color. London, 1799-1807. 22 1/4" x 18" sheet. Dr. Robert Thornton (ca.1765-1832) inherited the family fortune in 1797, he left his medical practice to indulge his lifelong passion for botany. The finest botanical books had heretofore been published on the Continent. Thornton, determined to surpass the Germans in scholarship and the French in printing artistry, planned a book of philosophic and literary distinction, illustrated by some of the best painters working in Britain. In homage to the great Swedish naturalist, it was titled The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature: Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus. The first sections appeared in 1799; the edition was completed in 1807.The title notwithstanding, few of the plates are of scientific interest. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, together with their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds (prescribed by Thornton) that place The Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. Dr. Thornton, who gave his life and his fortune to this work, created one of England's monuments to Romantic idealism.

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            • THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, THE AMERICAN COWSLIP
              Dec. 09, 2023

              THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, THE AMERICAN COWSLIP

              Est: $1,500 - $3,000

              THORNTON, Dr. Robert John (1768-1837). The American Cowslip. Aquatint, mezotint, and stipple engraving, finished by hand with color. London, 1799-1807. 22 3/4" x 17 1/4" sheet, 32 1/4" x 27 1/2" framed. Dr. Robert Thornton (ca.1765-1832) inherited the family fortune in 1797, he left his medical practice to indulge his lifelong passion for botany. The finest botanical books had heretofore been published on the Continent. Thornton, determined to surpass the Germans in scholarship and the French in printing artistry, planned a book of philosophic and literary distinction, illustrated by some of the best painters working in Britain. In homage to the great Swedish naturalist, it was titled The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature: Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus. The first sections appeared in 1799; the edition was completed in 1807.The title notwithstanding, few of the plates are of scientific interest. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, together with their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds (prescribed by Thornton) that place The Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. Dr. Thornton, who gave his life and his fortune to this work, created one of England's monuments to Romantic idealism.

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            • THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, PITCHER PLANT
              Dec. 09, 2023

              THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, PITCHER PLANT

              Est: $1,500 - $3,000

              THORNTON, Dr. Robert John (1768-1837). Pitcher Plant. Aquatint, mezotint, and stipple engraving, finished by hand with color. London, 1799-1807. 22 3/8" x 17 7/8" sheet. Dr. Robert Thornton (ca.1765-1832) inherited the family fortune in 1797, he left his medical practice to indulge his lifelong passion for botany. The finest botanical books had heretofore been published on the Continent. Thornton, determined to surpass the Germans in scholarship and the French in printing artistry, planned a book of philosophic and literary distinction, illustrated by some of the best painters working in Britain. In homage to the great Swedish naturalist, it was titled The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature: Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus. The first sections appeared in 1799; the edition was completed in 1807.The title notwithstanding, few of the plates are of scientific interest. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, together with their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds (prescribed by Thornton) that place The Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. Dr. Thornton, who gave his life and his fortune to this work, created one of England's monuments to Romantic idealism.

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            • THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, INDIAN REED
              Dec. 09, 2023

              THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, INDIAN REED

              Est: $1,500 - $3,000

              THORNTON, Dr. Robert John (1768-1837). Indian Reed. Aquatint, mezotint, and stipple engraving, finished by hand with color. London, 1799-1807. 22" x 17 1/2" sheet. Dr. Robert Thornton (ca.1765-1832) inherited the family fortune in 1797, he left his medical practice to indulge his lifelong passion for botany. The finest botanical books had heretofore been published on the Continent. Thornton, determined to surpass the Germans in scholarship and the French in printing artistry, planned a book of philosophic and literary distinction, illustrated by some of the best painters working in Britain. In homage to the great Swedish naturalist, it was titled The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature: Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus. The first sections appeared in 1799; the edition was completed in 1807.The title notwithstanding, few of the plates are of scientific interest. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, together with their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds (prescribed by Thornton) that place The Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. Dr. Thornton, who gave his life and his fortune to this work, created one of England's monuments to Romantic idealism.

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            • THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, THE MAGGOT-BEARING STAPELIA
              Dec. 09, 2023

              THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, THE MAGGOT-BEARING STAPELIA

              Est: $1,000 - $2,000

              THORNTON, Dr. Robert John (1768-1837). The Maggot-bearing Stapelia. Aquatint, mezotint, and stipple engraving, finished by hand with color. London, 1799-1807. 21" x 16 1/2" sheet. Dr. Robert Thornton (ca.1765-1832) inherited the family fortune in 1797, he left his medical practice to indulge his lifelong passion for botany. The finest botanical books had heretofore been published on the Continent. Thornton, determined to surpass the Germans in scholarship and the French in printing artistry, planned a book of philosophic and literary distinction, illustrated by some of the best painters working in Britain. In homage to the great Swedish naturalist, it was titled The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature: Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus. The first sections appeared in 1799; the edition was completed in 1807.The title notwithstanding, few of the plates are of scientific interest. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, together with their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds (prescribed by Thornton) that place The Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. Dr. Thornton, who gave his life and his fortune to this work, created one of England's monuments to Romantic idealism.

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            • THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, THE WHITE LILY
              Dec. 09, 2023

              THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, THE WHITE LILY

              Est: $2,000 - $4,000

              THORNTON, Dr. Robert John (1768-1837). The White Lily with Variegated-leaves. Aquatint, mezotint, and stipple engraving, finished by hand with color. London, 1799-1807. 21 1/2" x 16 3/4" sheet. Dr. Robert Thornton (ca.1765-1832) inherited the family fortune in 1797, he left his medical practice to indulge his lifelong passion for botany. The finest botanical books had heretofore been published on the Continent. Thornton, determined to surpass the Germans in scholarship and the French in printing artistry, planned a book of philosophic and literary distinction, illustrated by some of the best painters working in Britain. In homage to the great Swedish naturalist, it was titled The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature: Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus. The first sections appeared in 1799; the edition was completed in 1807.The title notwithstanding, few of the plates are of scientific interest. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, together with their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds (prescribed by Thornton) that place The Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. Dr. Thornton, who gave his life and his fortune to this work, created one of England's monuments to Romantic idealism.

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            • THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, THE QUADRANGULAR PASSION-FLOWER
              Dec. 09, 2023

              THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, THE QUADRANGULAR PASSION-FLOWER

              Est: $2,000 - $4,000

              THORNTON, Dr. Robert John (1768-1837). The Quadrangular Passion-flower. Aquatint, mezotint, and stipple engraving, finished by hand with color. London, 1799-1807. 21 7/8" x 16 1/8" sheet. Dr. Robert Thornton (ca.1765-1832) inherited the family fortune in 1797, he left his medical practice to indulge his lifelong passion for botany. The finest botanical books had heretofore been published on the Continent. Thornton, determined to surpass the Germans in scholarship and the French in printing artistry, planned a book of philosophic and literary distinction, illustrated by some of the best painters working in Britain. In homage to the great Swedish naturalist, it was titled The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature: Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus. The first sections appeared in 1799; the edition was completed in 1807.The title notwithstanding, few of the plates are of scientific interest. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, together with their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds (prescribed by Thornton) that place The Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. Dr. Thornton, who gave his life and his fortune to this work, created one of England's monuments to Romantic idealism.

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            • THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, A GROUP OF CARNATIONS
              Dec. 09, 2023

              THORNTON TEMPLE OF FLORA AQUATINT, A GROUP OF CARNATIONS

              Est: $3,000 - $6,000

              THORNTON, Dr. Robert John (1768-1837). A Group of Carnations. Aquatint, mezotint, and stipple engraving, finished by hand with color. London, 1799-1807. 21" x 16 1/2" sheet, 32 1/4" x 27 1/2" framed. Dr. Robert Thornton (ca.1765-1832) inherited the family fortune in 1797, he left his medical practice to indulge his lifelong passion for botany. The finest botanical books had heretofore been published on the Continent. Thornton, determined to surpass the Germans in scholarship and the French in printing artistry, planned a book of philosophic and literary distinction, illustrated by some of the best painters working in Britain. In homage to the great Swedish naturalist, it was titled The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature: Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus. The first sections appeared in 1799; the edition was completed in 1807.The title notwithstanding, few of the plates are of scientific interest. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, together with their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds (prescribed by Thornton) that place The Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. Dr. Thornton, who gave his life and his fortune to this work, created one of England's monuments to Romantic idealism.

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            • "Indian Reed" Hand Colored Engraved Botanical Aquatint
              Oct. 21, 2023

              "Indian Reed" Hand Colored Engraved Botanical Aquatint

              Est: $200 - $400

              "Indian Reed" Hand Colored Engraved Botanical Aquatint """Indian Reed"" Hand Colored Engraved Botanical Aquatint Dr. Robert John Thornton (English, 1768 - 1837) from Thornton's ""Temple of Flora"" botanical book printed by London Publisher's July 1, 1800 (unframed) 18"" x 22 1/4"""

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            • ROBERT JOHN THORNTON 'PONTIC RHODODENDRON'
              Jul. 22, 2023

              ROBERT JOHN THORNTON 'PONTIC RHODODENDRON'

              Est: $80 - $120

              Robert John Thornton botanical print after Peter Charles Henderson and James Caldwall. Sheet measures 13 7/8" x 10 1/8".

              Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery
            • Robert John Thornton (British, 1768-1837), The Persian Cyclamen, 1804
              Jul. 17, 2023

              Robert John Thornton (British, 1768-1837), The Persian Cyclamen, 1804

              Est: $1,000 - $2,000

              THE TEMPLE OF FLORA, 1799-1806, London. THORTON, Dr. Robert John (Publisher) (British, 1768-1837). The Persian Cyclamen,. From The Temple of Flora; Or Garden of Nature. Published in London 1799-1806. Aquatint, mezzotint stipple line engraving, hand-colored on wove paper. Engraved by Pether after Elmes. Published Large folio, full sheet. Framed and matted under glass. Dimensions: framed: 29 1/2 in. x 25 in., sight under mat: 21 in. x 16 in. Condition: good original pre-owned estate condition. Provenance: New York City, N.Y. Estate.

              Kensington Estate Auctions
            • DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (1768-1837)
              Jul. 16, 2023

              DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (1768-1837)

              Est: $800 - $1,200

              The Narrow-Leaved Kalmia colored aquatint and engraving h. 20 w. 14-1/2 in. (sight) overall: 27-1/2 x 23-1/2 in. (frame) [In Situ Item] This Item will not be on display in our saleroom during our preview period. If you wish to view it in-person please make a request with the gallery.

              Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
            • DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (1768-1837)
              Jul. 16, 2023

              DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (1768-1837)

              Est: $800 - $1,200

              The Pontic Rhododendron colored aquatint and engraving From The Temple of Flora h. 19-1/4 w. 15 in. (sight) overall: 27-1/2 x 23-1/2 in. (frame)

              Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
            • DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (England, 1768-1837), Maggot Bearing, From the Temple of Flora, London 1804-12., Hand colored etching, 18” x 14” sight. Framed 30.75” x 25.75”.
              Jun. 14, 2023

              DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON (England, 1768-1837), Maggot Bearing, From the Temple of Flora, London 1804-12., Hand colored etching, 18” x 14” sight. Framed 30.75” x 25.75”.

              Est: $800 - $1,200

              DR. ROBERT JOHN THORNTON England, 1768-1837 Maggot Bearing, From the Temple of Flora, London 1804-12. Folio full sheet.

              Eldred's
            • Thornton Temple of Flora Engraving,The Snowdrop
              Jun. 08, 2023

              Thornton Temple of Flora Engraving,The Snowdrop

              Est: $1,500 - $2,000

              THORNTON, Robert John (1768-1837). The Snowdrop. Mixed method engraving, including aquatint, mezzotint, stipple and line engraving, printed in color and finished by hand. From The Temple of Flora. London, 1799-1810. Approx. 22 3/4" x 17 1/4" sheet.

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            • Thornton Temple of Flora Engraving, The American Aloe
              Jun. 08, 2023

              Thornton Temple of Flora Engraving, The American Aloe

              Est: $1,500 - $2,000

              THORNTON, Robert John (1768-1837). The American Aloe. Mixed method engraving, including aquatint, mezzotint, stipple and line engraving, printed in color and finished by hand. From The Temple of Flora. London, 1799-1810. Approx. 22 3/4" x 17 1/4" sheet.

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            • Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Oblique-Leaved Be
              May. 24, 2023

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Oblique-Leaved Be

              Est: £150 - £200

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Oblique-Leaved Begonia', aquatint, hand-coloured, 20.5" x 15.75", (52 x 40cm), Frederick Daniel and Son label verso.

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            • Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Henderson, 'The American Cowslip
              May. 24, 2023

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Henderson, 'The American Cowslip

              Est: £150 - £200

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Henderson, 'The American Cowslip', aquatint, hand-coloured, 20.5" x 15.75", (52 x 40cm), Frederick Daniel and Son label verso.

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            • Dr. Robert John Thornton, (2) botanical engravings
              May. 18, 2023

              Dr. Robert John Thornton, (2) botanical engravings

              Est: $1,000 - $1,500

              Dr. Robert John Thornton (British, 1768-1837), "The American Aloe", 1807 and "American Bog Plants", 1806, hand-colored aquatints with stipple engraving, from "The Temple of Flora", matted and framed under glass, 19.75"h x 14.75"w (sight), 30.5"h x 25.25"w (frames)

              Millea Bros Ltd
            • Dr. Robert John Thornton, (2) botanical engravings
              May. 18, 2023

              Dr. Robert John Thornton, (2) botanical engravings

              Est: $1,000 - $1,500

              Dr. Robert John Thornton (British, 1768-1837), "The Night-Blowing Cereus", 1800, and "The Dragon Arum", 1801, hand-colored aquatints with stipple engraving, from "The Temple of Flora", matted and framed under glass, 19.75"h x 14.75"w (sight), 30.5"h x 25.25"w (frames)

              Millea Bros Ltd
            • THE TEMPLE OF FLORA AMERICAN BOG-PLANT ROBERT THORNTON
              May. 12, 2023

              THE TEMPLE OF FLORA AMERICAN BOG-PLANT ROBERT THORNTON

              Est: -

              American Bog-Plants Felid Pothos-Pitcher Plant Venus Fly Trap From the Temple of Flora; Or Garden of Nature Aquatint, Mezzotint in color/engraving on paper Reinagle sen A.R.A. pinx Sutherland sculp Robert John Thornton (1768-1837) London published by Dr. Thornton July1, 1806 20.75 x 17 inches (paper) unframed Overall in good condition. Foxing and perimeter paper loss. Image in very good condition.

              Lewis & Grant Auctions
            • Dr. Robert John Thornton THE NIGHT-BLOWING CEREUS Hand-colored color mezzotint by Robert Dunkarton, from The Temple of Flora, framed
              May. 03, 2023

              Dr. Robert John Thornton THE NIGHT-BLOWING CEREUS Hand-colored color mezzotint by Robert Dunkarton, from The Temple of Flora, framed

              Est: $2,000 - $3,000

              Dr. Robert John Thornton (1768-1837) THE NIGHT-BLOWING CEREUS Hand-colored color mezzotint by Robert Dunkarton, 1800, from The Temple of Flora, framed. Plate 19 x 14 1/4 inches; 483 x 362 mm. Frame 28 1/8 x 23 1/8 inches; 714 x 587 mm. C From the Collection of Peter Mallett

              Doyle New York
            • Dr. Robert John Thornton AMERICAN BOG PLANTS; THE NARROW LEAVED KALMIA Two hand-colored engravings, from The Temple of Flora
              May. 03, 2023

              Dr. Robert John Thornton AMERICAN BOG PLANTS; THE NARROW LEAVED KALMIA Two hand-colored engravings, from The Temple of Flora

              Est: $600 - $800

              Dr. Robert John Thornton (1768-1837) AMERICAN BOG PLANTS; THE NARROW LEAVED KALMIA Two hand-colored engravings, 1806 and 1811, on wove paper, from The Temple of Flora, framed. Larger sheet 22 5/8 x 17 inches; 575 x 432 mm. Larger frame 26 7/8 x 22 1/4 inches; 683 x 565 mm. C From the Collection of Peter Mallett

              Doyle New York
            • Thornton's Temple of Flora, Folio Edition
              Apr. 22, 2023

              Thornton's Temple of Flora, Folio Edition

              Est: $140,000 - $180,000

              THORNTON, Robert John (1768-1837). New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus ... the Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature. London: T. Bensley for the publisher, [1799]-1807. First Edition. Comparables: Sotheby's, 2022 - $151,200; Christie's, 2006 - 120,000 GBP. "THE MOST STRIKINGLY BEAUTIFUL SET OF FLOWER PLATES EVER TO BE PRINTED IN ENGLAND [AND] ONE OF THE LOVELIEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD" (Thomas). 3 parts bound in two volumes, broadsheets (23 x 17 4/8 inches). Part I: engraved half-title "A British Trophy ."; engraved portrait of Thornton by F. Bartolozzi after Russell, and additional portraits of Millington, Grew, Ray, Vaillant, Bonnet, Hales, and Townsend; engraved plate "The Universal Power of Love"; engraved title-page "The Prize dissertation or the Sexes of Plates by Carolus von Linnaeus. 1759"; 3 engraved tables; and 22 fine engraved plates of flowers showing their separate components according to Linnaeus. Part II: mezzotint portrait of Linnaeus in Lapland dress by Dunkarton after Hoffman, engraved portrait of Linnaeus and further portraits of Pitton, Tournefort, de Jussieu, Larmarck, Rousseau, Hill, Bute, Martyn, Milne, Withering, Curtis, Smith, Lambert, Rutherford, Woodville, Shaw, and Erasmus Darwin; engraved half-title and title-page; 2 engraved tables; 66 engraved plates of flowers showing their separate components according to Linnaean classification. Part III: engraved title-page on 2 sheets; engraved table of contents; engraved dedication on 2 sheets; engraved part-title; 3 engraved plates: "Flora Dispensing her Favours on Earth" (aquatint and stipple engraved, hand-colored), and "Aesculapius, Flora, Ceres and Cupid ." and "Cupid Inspiring the Plants with Love" (color-printed stipple-engravings finished by hand); 28 mezzotint and/or aquatint engraved plates printed in colors and/or colored by hand, comprising: "The Snowdrop" [Dunthorne state I]; "The Persian Cyclamen" [III]; "Hyacinths" [II]; "Roses" [II]; "A Group of Carnations" [II]; "A Group of Auriculas" [two only, II]; "Tulips" [II]; "The Queen"; "The Aloe" [I]; "The Nodding Renealmia" [I]; "The Night Blowing Cereus" [Plate A, State II]; "The Oblique-Leaved Begonia" [III]; "Large Flowering Sensitive Plant" [III]; "The Blue Passion Flower" [III]; "The Winged Passion Flower" [III]; "The Quadrangular Passion Flower" [II]; "The White Lily" [III]; 'The Superb Lily' [B, III]; "The Dragon Arum" [IV]; "The Maggot-Bearing Stapelia" [II]; "American Bog Plants" [II]; "The Pontic Rhododendron"; "The American Cowslip" [I]; "The Narrow Leaved Kalmia"; "The China Limodoron"; "The Indian Reed" [II]; "The Sacred Egyptian Bean"; "The Blue Egyptian Water Lily" (endleaves and preliminaries creased, some marginal spotting). Contemporary maroon morocco gilt (hinges very weak). Only one of the justly celebrated plates of flowers ("The Roses") was by Thornton, the others are after paintings by Abraham Pether, Philip Reinagle, Sydenham Edwards, Peter Henderson and others, although he selected the subjects of the plates, their symbolism and dramatic landscapes. A doctor by training, a substantial inheritance allowed Thornton to achieve his dream of "an immense work in many volumes which in scope, illustration, paper and typography would surpass anything in any other European country" (Grigson). However the enterprise brought about his financial ruin and in spite of several lotteries designed to raise funds Thornton was forced to return to medical practice in order to support himself. "At the heart of the 'New Illustration' was Thornton's scheme to produce a specifically British botanical publication of a magnificence to surpass all previous examples. Teams of master engravers and colourists, including Francesco Bartolozzi, Richard Earlom, and John Landseer, used the full range of modern printing techniques to produce coloured illustrations after paintings by such prominent artists as Sir William Beechey, James Opie, Henry Raeburn, John Russell, Abraham Pether, and his two favoured illustrators, Peter Henderson and Philip Reinagle. The illustrations were not restricted to the 'choicest flowers' in the world, but included portraits of eminent botanists-including the famous portrait of Linnaeus in Lapp (Sami) dress-elaborate allegories, such as 'Cupid Inspiring the Plants to Love', and a bust of Linnaeus being honoured by Aesculapius, Flora, Ceres, and Cupid.

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            • ROBERT JOHN THORNTON, BRITISH 1768-1837, ANATOMY OF THE QUEEN FLOWER, Etching and aquatint, Sight: 18 x 13 in. (45.7 x 33 cm.), Frame: 30 3/4 x 24 in. (78.1 x 61 cm.)
              Apr. 07, 2023

              ROBERT JOHN THORNTON, BRITISH 1768-1837, ANATOMY OF THE QUEEN FLOWER, Etching and aquatint, Sight: 18 x 13 in. (45.7 x 33 cm.), Frame: 30 3/4 x 24 in. (78.1 x 61 cm.)

              Est: $150 - $300

              ROBERT JOHN THORNTON BRITISH, 1768-1837 ANATOMY OF THE QUEEN FLOWER Etching and aquatint

              Potomack Company
            • Robert John Thornton (1768-1873), publisher
              Mar. 14, 2023

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1873), publisher

              Est: £10,000 - £15,000

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1873), publisher Robert John Thornton (1768-1873), publisher The Temple of Flora coloured aquatint and mezzotint engravings some with hand-colouring, a set of twenty-two after various artists, variously published between 1798-1806 image 42.5 x 34cm and similar; together with three further bookplates from the same series image 25 x 18.5cm (25) Condition Report: Overall 71 x 57cm Acidic mounts, some handling creases and time staining. In some, the plate mark is apparent to the edge of the image, in others there is no visible plate mark, see illustrations. There are several small repairs to paper edges. Unexamined out of glazed frames.

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            • Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Oblique-Leaved Begonia', aq
              Jan. 25, 2023

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Oblique-Leaved Begonia', aq

              Est: £200 - £300

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Oblique-Leaved Begonia', aquatint, hand-coloured, 20.5" x 15.75" (52 x 40cm), Frederick Daniel and Son label verso.

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            • Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Narrow Leaved Kalmia', aqua
              Jan. 25, 2023

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Narrow Leaved Kalmia', aqua

              Est: £200 - £300

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Narrow Leaved Kalmia', aquatint, hand-coloured, 20.5" x 15.75" (52 x 40cm), Frederick Daniel and Son label verso.

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            • Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Henderson, 'The American Cowslip', aquatin
              Jan. 25, 2023

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Henderson, 'The American Cowslip', aquatin

              Est: £200 - £300

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Henderson, 'The American Cowslip', aquatint, hand-coloured, 20.5" x 15.75" (52 x 40cm), Frederick Daniel and Son label verso.

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            • Robobert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Aloe', aquatint, hand-col
              Jan. 25, 2023

              Robobert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Aloe', aquatint, hand-col

              Est: £200 - £300

              Robobert John Thornton (1768-1837), from 'The Temple of Flora', after Reinagle, 'The Aloe', aquatint, hand-coloured, 20.5" x 15.75" (52 x 40cm), Frederick Daniel and Son label verso.

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            • Robert John Thornton (1768-1837): The Snowdrop
              Dec. 15, 2022

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837): The Snowdrop

              Est: $400 - $800

              Engraving with hand-coloring on wove paper, 1804; together with English School: Botanical, engraving with hand-coloring on wove paper. 22 x 18 in. (sheet), 17 3/4 x 14 in. (sheet), both unframed. Property from the Estate of R.C. Bald Donated by Margaret Bald Sold to Benefit the Finger Lakes Land Trust

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            • Robert John Thornton (1768-1837): The Temple of Flora: Aloe; Cowslip; and Stapelia
              Dec. 07, 2022

              Robert John Thornton (1768-1837): The Temple of Flora: Aloe; Cowslip; and Stapelia

              Est: $1,500 - $2,500

              Three aquatints in colors on wove paper, 1799-1807. All 20 x 15 in. (sight), 29 x 25 1/4 in. (frame). Property from a Private Collection, New York

              Stair
            • Thornton, Tulips
              Nov. 19, 2022

              Thornton, Tulips

              Est: $12,000 - $18,000

              THORNTON, Dr. Robert John (1768-1837). Tulip. Aquatint, mezzotint stiple, line engraving with original hand color. From the Temple of Flora; Or Garden of Nature. London, 1799-1807. 20" x 16" visible, 32" x 27 1/2" framed. Dr. Robert Thornton (ca.1765-1832) inherited the family fortune in 1797, he left his medical practice to indulge his lifelong passion for botany. The finest botanical books had heretofore been published on the Continent. Thornton, determined to surpass the Germans in scholarship and the French in printing artistry, planned a book of philosophic and literary distinction, illustrated by some of the best painters working in Britain. In homage to the great Swedish naturalist, it was titled The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature: Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus. The first sections appeared in 1799; the edition was completed in 1807.The title notwithstanding, few of the plates are of scientific interest. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, together with their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds (prescribed by Thornton) that place The Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. Dr. Thornton, who gave his life and his fortune to this work, created one of England's monuments to Romantic idealism.

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            • Thornton, The Blue Egyptian Water Lily
              Nov. 19, 2022

              Thornton, The Blue Egyptian Water Lily

              Est: $3,000 - $6,000

              THORNTON, Dr. Robert John (1768-1837). The Blue Egyptian Water Lily. Aquatint, mezzotint stiple, line engraving with original hand color. From the Temple of Flora; Or Garden of Nature. London, 1799-1807. 21" x 16 1/2" visible, 36 1/2" x 32 1/2" framed. Dr. Robert Thornton (ca.1765-1832) inherited the family fortune in 1797, he left his medical practice to indulge his lifelong passion for botany. The finest botanical books had heretofore been published on the Continent. Thornton, determined to surpass the Germans in scholarship and the French in printing artistry, planned a book of philosophic and literary distinction, illustrated by some of the best painters working in Britain. In homage to the great Swedish naturalist, it was titled The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature: Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus. The first sections appeared in 1799; the edition was completed in 1807.The title notwithstanding, few of the plates are of scientific interest. It is the forceful stylization of flowers, together with their historical, allegorical and/or fanciful backgrounds (prescribed by Thornton) that place The Temple of Flora among the greatest botanical books of all time. Dr. Thornton, who gave his life and his fortune to this work, created one of England's monuments to Romantic idealism.

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            • Dr. Robert John Thornton, (4) botanical engravings
              Nov. 17, 2022

              Dr. Robert John Thornton, (4) botanical engravings

              Est: $800 - $1,200

              Dr. Robert John Thornton (British, 1768-1837), "The American Cowslip", 1801, "A Group of Auriculas", 1807, "Hyacinths", 1801, and "The Blue Passion Flower", 1800, hand-colored aquatints with stipple engraving, from "The Temple of Flora", matted and framed under glass, approx. 21"h x 16"w (sight), 29.75"h x 24.75"w (frames)

              Millea Bros Ltd
            • Dr. Robert John Thornton, (3) botanical engravings
              Nov. 17, 2022

              Dr. Robert John Thornton, (3) botanical engravings

              Est: $700 - $1,000

              Dr. Robert John Thornton (British, 1768-1837), "The Aloe". 1798, "The Supurb Lily", 1799, and "The Night-Blowing Cereus", 1800, hand-colored aquatints with stipple engraving, from "The Temple of Flora", matted and framed under glass, approx. 21"h x 16"w (sight), 29.75"h x 24.75"w (frames)

              Millea Bros Ltd
            • Dr. Robert John Thornton, (3) botanical engravings
              Nov. 17, 2022

              Dr. Robert John Thornton, (3) botanical engravings

              Est: $700 - $1,000

              Dr. Robert John Thornton (British, 1768-1837), "The Sacred Egyptian Bean", 1804, "The Winged Passion Flower", 1802, and "The Nodding Renealmia", 1801, hand-colored aquatints with stipple engraving, from "The Temple of Flora", matted and framed under glass, approx. 20"h x 16.25"w (sight). 30"h x 24"w (frame, largest), 27.5"h x 22.75"w (frame, smallest)

              Millea Bros Ltd
            • Dr. Robert John Thornton, (2) botanical engravings
              Nov. 17, 2022

              Dr. Robert John Thornton, (2) botanical engravings

              Est: $600 - $800

              Dr. Robert John Thornton (British, 1768-1837), "The Narrow-leaved Kalmia", 1804, and "The China Limodoron", 1802, hand-colored aquatints with stipple engraving, from "The Temple of Flora", matted and framed under glass, 20.25"h x 15.5"w (sight), 28.5"h x 24"w (frames)

              Millea Bros Ltd
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