This illustration of the Caspian lotus appeared in volume 30 of Edwards’s Botanical Register, published in 1844. The text accompanying the image thanked the “Messrs Rollissons of Tooting”, as the drawing was made from observing a live specimen in their nursery in August of 1843. At the time, it must have been difficult to secure a specimen of the Caspian lotus: the fragile water lotus would have had to be transported incredibly carefully across quite a distance from its native Caspian Sea.
Edwards’s Botanical Register was initially dubbed The Botanical Register when it was begun in 1815 with Sydenham Edwards at the helm. After Edwards died in 1819, the illustrated horticultural magazine passed into the hands of its publisher, James Ridgway. It exchanged hands again in 1829 to John Lindley, who renamed the magazine Edwards’s Botanical Register. Lindley published another nineteen volumes of his writing and Sarah Ann Drake’s illustrations before retiring the magazine in 1847.
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