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Print - Cattleya guttata

Cattleya guttata

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1830s-40s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Drake, S.A. Miss (artist)
    Barclay (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Arthur Jaffé

  • Museum number:

    E.797-1945

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case DP, shelf 126

Miss Drake was a competent botanical illustrator. Little is known about her life or career, but she contributed to a number of journals and monographs published in the 1830s and 1840s. This is a plate from the Horticultural Society's Transactions. She also contributed many of the plates to Bateman's monumental book Orchidaceae of Mexico and Guatemala(1837-41).

Physical description

Engraving

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

1830s-40s (made)

Artist/maker

Drake, S.A. Miss (artist)
Barclay (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

engraving

Marks and inscriptions

Cattleya guttata / Miss Drake del. / Barclay sculpt.
Lettered on the print

HORT. TRANS. Vol.2 Pl.8. SECOND SERIES
Printed top righthand corner

Dimensions

Height: 40.5 cm, Width: 28.4 cm

Descriptive line

Miss S.A. Drake: Orchid (Cattleya guttata); Plate 8 from the Horticultural Society's 'Transactions', Vol.II, Second Series; aquatint, coloured by hand

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Picturing Plants: an analytical history of botanical illustration' by Gill Saunders; 1995; Zwemmer in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum; no.77, page 115
'Picturing Plants: an analytical history of botanical illustration' by Gill Saunders; 2009; KWS Publishers in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum; no.77, page 115
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1945, London: HMSO, 1956.

Labels and date

Miss S Drake active 1830s-40s
Orchid (Cattleya guttata)
About 1830-40

Horticultural periodicals both reflected and fostered the changing fashions in garden and conservatory plants. They also presented new varieties and species. The skilled female illustrator Miss Drake worked on major publications, though surprisingly little is known about her. She seems to have specialised in orchids.

Probably London
Hand-coloured acquatint; By G. Barclay
Plate 8 from 'Transactions of the Horticultural Society of London', vol.ii, second series
Given by Mr Arthus Jaffé
V&A: E.797-1945 []

Subjects depicted

Flower; Orchid

Categories

Illustration; Gardens & Gardening; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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