Plate 5. “The Changeable Adamia.” From John Lindley and Joseph Paxton’s Paxton’s Flower Garden.
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1884. 8 x 6 (image). Quarto. Hand finished chromolithograph. Drawn and lithographed by L. Constans. The plates printed by Cheffins. First edition. Ref.: Sitwell, Great Flower Books, p. 114.
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Joseph Paxton had a long and distinguished career as the skilled and observant head gardener for the Duke of Devonshire. He designed the Crystal Palace exhibition grounds based on the pattern of the underside of the leaf of the “Victoria Amazonica.” His Magazine of Botany was published from 1834 to 1849 and extended to sixteen volumes. In this series with Paxton’s name in the title, the equally eminent John Lindley joined him in selecting what they called “all the new and remarkable plants . . . necessary to the horticulturist.” (Preface). These are some of the most spectacular and appealing floral prints to be made in the mid- and late-century for the English audience.