The publication delsc attempts to bring attention to art that is in the public domain but which may not be well-known to the public. This edition is focused on Temple of Flora which is the collective work of artists led and financed by Dr. Robert John Thornton.
The artists included in this edition include:
Robert John Thornton (1768-1837)
Peter Charles Henderson (died 1829)
Philip Reingale (1749-1833)
Abraham Pether (1756 – 13 April 1812)
John Russell (March 29, 1745 – April 20, 1806)
Sydenham Edwards (1768 – 8 February 1819)
Those interested in learning more about Dr. Thornton will find tales of financial ruin as he invested heavily in his botanical pursuits. His reasoning and passion are best illustrated in the following passage from Elements of Botany (1812):
Botany indeed should particularly enter into the education of Princes; then they would see, that each country has its peculiar productions, and the obligations nations stand in to different climes, connected together by reciprocal wants, and knit to each other by the blessings of commerce; then they would learn to respect other countries, and make a garden, not a wilderness, of this world; a delightful pursuit would engage their attention; wars would cease from the earth, and peace with happiness reign perpetual.
Robert John Thornton, M. D.