An image of Flora attired by the elements

Anker Smith

(England 1759 – 1819)

after Henry Fuseli

(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)

Flora attired by the elements

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Year
1791
Media
Print
Medium
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