Engraving. Image measures 11.25" x 7.5", sheet measures 13.75" x 9". Shows some light toning at edges. In very good condition.
Plate 7, page 127 from "The Natural History of Barbados" by Reverend Griffith Hughes, A.M. which depicts local flora and sea fauna from the island country. Inscription reads: "To the right Reverend Father in God, George L'd Bishop of Exeter, This Plate is humbly inscribed". Each plate is dedicated to a prominent person in elaborate engraved calligraphy and accompanied by a rendering of the dedicatee's coat of arms. This is the first scientific report of grapefruit, which originated in Barbados and is a natural hybrid of sweet orange and pomelo. George Dionysus (G.D.) Ehret was a dominant influence in botanical art during the 18th century. He was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and trained as a gardener. He later traveled throughout Europe, settling in England as a Fellow of the Royal Society.