[RAVENSCROFT, Edward James [1816-1890] - William RICHARDSON
Cedrus Deodara, at Nachar from a drawing by the late Lady Canning (Himalyan Cedar)
Edinburgh & London: . Hand-coloured lithograph. Sheet size: 21 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches.
A very fine plate from Ravenscroft's 'The Pinetum Britannicum. A Descriptive Account of Hardy Coniferous Trees'
Ravenscroft's work is the third (in order of publication) of the three great coniferous iconographies of the nineteenth century, following Bedford and Lambert. The very fine plates fall into two categories: botanical studies of details of the needles and fruit of the individual trees, and landscape studies of examples of individual trees in their natural habitat. This plate is an outstanding example of the latter group, here drawn from a drawing by William Richardson and lithographed by F. Schenck.
Cf. Nissen BBI 1588; cf. Great Flower Books (1990) p.127; cf. Stafleu & Cowan 8685.