• Henry Charles Andrews

    1770-1830
    Biography and Information

    Henry C. Andrews was an extremely talented and atypical botanical artist. Atypical in that he was not only the artist, but the engraver, colorist, and publisher in a times when most botanical artist were only employed to "draw plates."

    He lived in Knightsbridge and was married to the daughter of John Kennedy of Hammersmith, a nurseryman who assisted Andrews in the descriptions of the plants he illustrated.

    The Botanist's Repository was his first publication. The series was published in London in ten volumes between 1797 and 1812 and provided affordable images of plants to the growing population of amateur gardeners in Britain. Andrews images have a more artistic appeal compared to the more scientific presentation of rival publications. Decorative and colorful, Andrews' prints are a lovely representation of early nineteenth century botanical illustration and this volume is an excellent example of his work. 

    The Botanist's Repository for New and Rare Plants. Containing Coloured Figures of such Plants, as have not hitherto appeared in any similar publication. With all their essential characters, botanically arranged after the sexual system of the celebrated Linnaeus. In English and Latin. London: Bensley 1797, Quarto, Original hand color. 

    “This showcase of exotic species” ...made a contribution of lasting importance to the literature of botany and horticulture by providing records and means of identification of a great diversity of beautiful and interesting plants, many of them new to science” Quinby Hunt, Hunt collection.

    Colored Engravings of Heaths. The drawings taken from living plants only. With the appropriate specific character, full description, native place of growth, and time of flowering of each; in Latin and English. Each figure accompanied by accurate dissections of the several parts (magnified where necessary) upon which the specific distinction has been founded, according to the Linnaean System. London, Andrews drew and engraved all his plates, wrote most of the text and, according to Dunthorne, even did his own coloring. This work exemplifies the 'erica-mania' that dominated English horticulture at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Numerous newly discovered South African species were being introduced through the enterprise of nurserymen like Lee and Kennedy, and several hundred species and varieties were available and in cultivation. This copy contains all the indexes, dedication, address, introduction, dissertation, list of heaths cultivated by Lee and Kennedy at the Vineyard Nursery in Hammersmith, systematical arrangements, etc.

    Publications 

    Botanists Repository, Comprising Colour'd Engravings of New and Rare Plants (10 vols) London, 1797-1812 

    Coloured Engravings of Heaths 1794-1830 4 vols. 

    The Heathery 1804-1812 6 vols. 

    Geraniums or A Monograph of the Genus Geranium (London 1805-1806 2 vols.) 

    Roses 1805-1828

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