The fashion for botanically accurate painting of plants corresponded with the general interest in natural history and biology during the second half of the 18th century. Painters copied or adapted their designs from various publications on botanical subjects, such as Philip Miller’s <i>“Gardener’s Dictionary”</i> (1756) or William Curtis’ <i>“The Botanical Magazine, or, Flower Garden Displayed”</i> (edited from 1787). On the reverse of this dish the name of the plant is given in Latin and English: <i>Fumaria Cava/ Hollow-Toothed Fumitory</i>. English botanical decoration reached its peak at Derby in the late 18th century and has continued to be a very popular subject until today.
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