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Title

Flora attired by the elements

1791

Artists

Anker Smith

England

1759 - 1819

after Henry Fuseli

England

1741 - 16 Apr 1825

  • Details

    Date
    1791
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    engraving
    Dimensions
    24.5 x 17.4 cm image
    Credit
    Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 2009
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    279.2009
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Anker Smith

    Works in the collection

    1

    Artist information
    after Henry Fuseli

    Works in the collection

    12

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  • About

    The engraving was used as the frontispiece to ‘The Economy of Vegetation’, a botanical poem published in 1791 by the British naturalist, Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles Darwin). In the foreground a gnome thrusts up his arms to hold out jewels from the earth. Air is represented by the figure wearing a butterfly headdress. Fire is the figure hovering in the air, her head capped with flames. The figure of water is shown with her hand resting on an urn.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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