Flora attired by the elements Anker Smith
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Flora attired by the elements
Allegorical scene, featuring the goddess Flora, seated, and surrounded by characters representing the classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Flora’s hair is being garlanded with flowers by the figure of air, and she gazes into a circular mirror being held for her by the element of fire. The representation of earth is emerging from the ground at her feet, bearing buried rings. A handmaiden, water, offers a basket of roses. To the right as viewed is a figure probably intended as Favonius, the Roman wind god.
Frontispiece from the book The botanic garden: a poem in two parts, by Erasmus Darwin (London, 1791). Inscribed above: ‘Frontispiece, Vol.1.’ Inscribed below: ‘FLORA attired by the ELEMENTS. Published June 1st 1791, by J.Johnson, in St. Paul’s Church Yard London. Design’d by H.Fuseli, Engraved by Anker Smith.’
- Image reference: RS-20941
- The Royal Society
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