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A Very Victorian Passion: The Orchid Paintings of John Day, 1863 to 1888
 
 
Author
Phillip Cribb & Michael Tibbs.
Publisher Thames & Hudson  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.6 x 12.1 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780500970157
Pages/Publication Date 464/2004
Daedalus Item Code 13074
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An eminent English orchid grower and collector, John Day also became, from 1862, a passionate painter of the plants in his collection. His paintings of more than 2300 orchids, bound in 53 scrapbooks, form a unique and strikingly beautiful archive of the history of orchids in England. Day's precise paintings are also of real scientific value; he often sent pressed flowers and copies of his paintings to Heinrich Reichenbach in Hamburg, who deemed many of them new to science. The Day archive is used daily by scientists and horticulturists at the Royal Gardens at Kew, but has never before been published. This book presents 280 of these illustrations, along with descriptions of each plant and how Day came to paint it.
 
 
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