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The Blue Passion Flower
  • James Caldwall, artist
    born: London, England, United Kingdom
    Philip Reinagle
    born: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom ; died: London, England, United Kingdom
    Robert John Thornton, publisher
    circa 1768–1837
    active: England, United Kingdom
  • The Blue Passion Flower, 1800
  • from Robert John Thornton’s (c. 1768–1837) The Temple of Flora; or Garden of Nature Picturesque Botanical Plates of the New Illustration of the Sexual System of Linnaeus (Published by Thornton: London, 1799–1807)
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • colored aquatint, hand coloring, stipple engraving, line engraving
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 465 x 354 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 18 5/16 x 13 15/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 565 x 450 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 22 1/4 x 17 11/16 in
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 515 x 383 mm
    Plate Mark/Block Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 15 1/16 in
  • Intended Gift of The Weare-West Family Trust
  • Not on display
  • EL2017.161
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection

The leaves, flowers, buds, vines, and a single, orange fruit of a blue passion flower grow on a fluted column. Two buds have completely opened into flowers and others are in the process of blooming. Grey clouds are visible to either side of the column, and a tan landscape is depicted to the left of its base. Below the image is the work’s title: “The Blue Passion Flower.”