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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


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.


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


Accession number

279.2009


Artist information

Anker Smith

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

after Henry Fuseli

Works in the collection

12


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


David H Weinglass, Prints and engraved illustrations by and after Henry Fuseli, 1994, (illus.). no.114