Paeonia 'Adrian'

type: [herbaceous peony] – [species cultivar] – [lactiflora]



Paeoniaceae - Paeonia albiflora Adrian
From: The garden. An illustrated weekly journal of horticulture in all its branches by William Robinson (editor).
London, 1886, July - December, volume 30, plate 576. Chromolithograph (sheet 217 x 283 mm with light fold). Illustrated text enclosed.

"All gardeners owe an infinite debt of gratitude to William Robinson - founder of The Garden (1871-1927) and Flora and Sylva (1903-05), and author of The English Flower Garden (1883, etc.) and other works - who helped to break the tyranny of formal bedding and, like Ruskin, drew attention to the beauties of the wild garden. Among the artists whom he employed was Henry Moon, who struck a new and personal, if not entirely healthy, note in botanical illustration. …" (Blunt & Stearn). From 1880 Henry George Moon’s plant portraits dominated the pages of The Garden, a popular horticultural publication. Renowned for his lifelike paintings of orchids, Moon appealed to Robinson because of his ability to sketch flowers in a graceful, naturalistic style. The subtle colourings of his paintings and simple arrangement of flowers were very unlike the more stylised renderings that appeared in competitors’ publications. The beautiful colour-plates were lithographed and printed by the Belgian firm G. Severeyns and its successor J.L. Goffart, notable for their craftmanship.
* Blunt & Stearn pp. 239-240; Nissen BBI 2264; BPH 391-10.

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