Large-flowered dame's violet Hesperis grandiflora
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Illustration by Sowerby, one of the famous dynasty of natural history illustrators founded by James Sowerby. Handcolored copperplate engraving from Samuel Curtis's The Curtis Botanical Magazine 1826. Samuel Curtis cousin and son-in-law to William Curtis took over the Botanical Magazine in 1826. Samuel re-named it The Curtis Botanical Magazine and enlisted the help of William Jackson Hooker Professor of Botany at Glasgow University. Samuel Curtis' daughters drew the illustrations for the magazine.