Contents

National Geographic


Botanical digital images

ANTIQUARIAN BOTANICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY RARE ANTIQUE PRINT BOOKS  

ORIGINAL BOTANICAL PRINTS  

CIVIL WAR TOKENS


Poultry Prints


Indian tribes

 


Cassell CDs


Fine art


Natural History Images


Horse Prints


Fish Prints


Christmas Prints

Portraits


Search


CONTACT

ABOUT US

Please click here for purchase and contact information

Please click here to return to home page

 

 

Sir Joseph Paxton (1801-1865)

Image from Roger Vaughan's
U.K. History and Victorian Photograph Pages

Joseph Paxton was born in Milton Bryan, England in 1801*. A farmer's son, he was apprenticed as a gardener to the Chatsworth estate where he eventually attained the position of head gardener. In 1832, Paxton was appointed Manager to the Duke of Devonshire's estates.

He designed large greenhouses for the Duke at Chatsworth (including one for the Giant Water Lily), and these were used as the basis for his successful design of the Great Exhibition (1850-1851) building, the Crystal Palace, which used the idea of a simple repeating motif to achieve an economical yet harmonious building. Over 233 designs were submitted for the building to house the "Great Exhibition of the Works of All Nations." Joseph Paxton produced his design for a Crystal Palace on a piece of blotting paper, then submitted the final design in less than 9 days. The building itself was erected in just six months, a remarkable building with 293,655 panes of glass, 330 huge iron columns, and 24 miles of gutters He continued to work on landscape gardening and laying out of public parks, but also designed various country houses and other domestic buildings

Never formally educated, Paxton studied independently and used shrewd observation to advance in his field. He received a knighthood in 1850 for his success in artificially producing the Victoria Amazonica under glass.

As a botanical artist Paxton produced The Magazine of Botany, and Register of Flowering Plants. This series of magazines was published in London 1834-1849. During the years of 1850-1852, Paxton along with John Lindley published the rare three-volume work: PAXTONíS FLOWER GARDEN. Represented are many exotic species especially fine Orchids. They are often compared to the early volumes of Warner and Williams, Orchid Album. The prints offered for sale here are from this first edition, which is a completely different product to the 1882 color printed edition frequently found. These prints were produced using a zincographic process along with hand coloring and have the plate markings Pinx & Zinc.

Paxton died in Sydenham, England in 1865.

PLEASE CLICK PAGE LINK TO VIEW PRINTS.

These web images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.

PAXTON PRINTS PAGE#1

PAXTON PRINTS PAGE#2

PAXTON PRINTS PAGE#3

PAXTON PRINTS PAGE#4 

PAXTON PRINTS PAGE#5 

PAXTON PRINTS PAGE#6 

*Joseph Paxton was actually born 3rd August 1803 not 1801.  The 1803 date is on his gravestone at Edensor on the Chatsworth estate and he was baptised at the church in Milton Bryan on 24th August 1803.

The 1801 date has come about because he pretended to be two years older than he actually was in order to get a job in his late teens.  This he admitted later in life. This error has been repeated in a number of reference books.

2003 was his bicentennial and Chatsworth mounted a special exhibition to commemorate him.


This correction was emailed to me by John Greatrex of The Joseph Paxton Society and Crystal Palace Foundation

www.crystalpalacefoundation.org.uk

Mr. Greatrex wrote a short play about him, 'Joseph and his Amazing Crystal Palace.'

 

 

 

 

Shigitatsu.com is owned and operated by John M. Martello

Postal address: John M. Martello P.O. BOX 855 Bethpage , NY 11714-0855

Phone: 516-662-1265

Electronic mail: shigitatsu@aol.com

Please click here for purchase and contact information

Copyright © 1998-2016 [Shigitatsu.com].