The Fire-backed Pheasant of Java

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    Natural history painter Sydenham Teast Edwards was born in Monmouthshire, south east Wales; the son of a Welsh schoolmaster. He studied botanical painting under William Curtis and supplied illustrations to Curtis’s two publications: ‘Botanical Magazine’ and ‘Flora Londinensis’. However, after a falling out with Curtis, he began his own magazine, the ‘Botanical Register’. Edwards published ‘Cynographia Britannica’ in 1800 and ‘The New British Flora’ in 1812. He also illustrated R. W. Dickinson’s ‘Complete Dictionary of Practical Gardening’ and made drawings for ‘Sportsman’s Magazine’. Edwards lived at addresses in Lambeth, south London, Brompton and Chelsea. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1792 to 1813. He died in Chelsea in 1819.

  • Explore
    Materials & Techniques
    engraving
  • Details
    Title
    The Fire-backed Pheasant of Java
    Date
    published 12 April 1796
    Medium
    Engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sotheby's, 29 May 1996
    GAC number
    16967