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Robert J. Thornton

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The twenty-eight illustrations in the Temple of Flora are the most overtly dramatic in the history of botany.

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Peter H. Raven Library

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“Unlike some fields of science, botany depends heavily upon publications of the 18th and 19th centuries to maintain a stable system of names for plants,” Holland explained. “Since the genus-species binomial system was established with the publication of Carl Linnaeus’ Species Plantarum in 1753, it means botanists must consult over 250 years of books and journals, often on a daily basis.”

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Biodiversity Heritage Library: Book of the Week: Floral Masterpiece

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It is a tragedy that Thornton's life ended so sadly when his work is now deemed a remarkable masterpiece. We pay him tribute for the incredible achievements of his life and are proud to feature just a few of the stunning illustrations from his creation in this post.

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University of Manchester: New illustration of the sexual system of Carolus Von Linnaeus

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Cornell University Library - Illustrated Botanical Works

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The eighteenth century saw both a continued demand for bright flower books and the rise of botany as a science, spurred by the publication of Carl Linnaeus's watershed work, Systema naturae, in 1735.

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The Temple of Flora, Glasgow University

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The Temple of Flora is probably the most sumptuous and renowned of all great flower books. It contains thirty-one plates which were produced by a variety of techniques, including aquatint, mezzotint, stipple, and line engraving.

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Robert Thornton’s Floral Atlas

Thornton’s The Temple of Flora is the greatest English color-plate flower book.

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Robert J. Thornton

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The twenty-eight illustrations in the Temple of Flora are the most overtly dramatic in the history of botany.

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The Temple of Flora (1797-1810)

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Dr. Robert Thornton, the author of "The Temple of Flora" was not an artist initially. Although his work was sometimes criticized for its scientific inaccuracy, it remains the single most famous of all botanical works of all times.

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Robert Thornton's 'The Temple of Flora'

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The Temple of Flora -  a charming collection of  flower portraits that became the portrait of a nation.

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Historical botanical illustration of the day

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The Temple of Flora was the third and final part of a much larger work published by Thornton between 1799 and 1807 under the snappy title A New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus Von Linnaeus: comprehending an elucidation of the several parts of the fructification; a prize dissertation on the sexes of plants; a full explanation of the classes, and orders, of the sexual system; and The Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature, being picturesque, botanical, coloured plates, of select plants, illustrative of the same, with descriptions.

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navire.net - The Temple of Flora

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Robert John Thornton. « New illustration of the sexual system of Carolus von Linnaeus : comprehending an elucidation of the several parts of the fructification; a prize dissertation on the sexies of plants; a full explanation of the classes, and orders, of the sexual system; and the Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature, being picturesque, botanical, coloured plates, of select plants, illustrative of the same, with descriptions. »

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Smithsonian Libraries: Just one perfect rose?

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“Why is it no one ever sent me yet one perfect limousine, do you suppose? Ah no, it's always just my luck to get one perfect rose.”—Dorothy Parker 

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MBG Rare Books: New illustration of the sexual system of Carolus von Linnaeus : and the temple of Flora, or garden of nature.

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The Missouri Botanical Garden Library presents its Rare Book Digitization Project.
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The Royal Society of Medicine: Robert J. Thornton

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A team of master engravers, colourists, painters, and illustrators including Francesco Bartolozzi, Sir William Beechey, Richard Earlom and John Russell all contributed to the work using the full range of modern illustrative and printing techniques.

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University of Glasgow: The Temple of Flora

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Ultimately, the expenses in producing the plates proved crippling. In order to stave off bankruptcy, in 1811 Thornton held a public lottery, offering as first prize the original paintings for the plates. Despite an extensive advertising campaign, the lottery failed to sell sufficient tickets and Thornton faced ruin. 

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Dr. Robert Thornton

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Dr. Thornton described, illustrated and celebrated newly discovered botanical wonders. He was challenged to demonstrate Britain's artistic superiority in this field.

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Robert John Thornton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Who is Robert J. Thornton?

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