botanical illustration; Thornton

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Robert John Thornton (1768-1837) was a British physician and botanic enthusiast who published perhaps the most famous florilegium, or treatise on flowers, as a tribute to the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778).  It was aimed at wealthy amateur flower fanciers rather than scientists.
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