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Title: Common Haresfoot/ Scarlet Haresfoot/ Common Hop trefoil

By: Hill, Sir John

Map id: 47964
Publisher: British Herbal
Published date: 1756

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Common Haresfoot/ Scarlet Haresfoot/ Common Hop trefoil

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Copper engraving with (later?)hand colouring. Overall size in thick off white museum mountcard mount (and backing of the same material) : 37.2cms x 52.7cms. Image size; 230mm x 370mm. Very good condition. JOHN HILL (c. 1716-1775), called from his Swedish honors, Sir John Hill, English author, son of the Rev. Theophitus Hill, is said to have been born in Peterborough in I716. He was apprenticed to an apothecary and on the cornpletion of his apprenticeship he set up in a small shop in St Martins Lane, Westminster. He also travelled over the country in search of rare herbs, with a view to publishing a hortus siccus, but the plan failed. His first publication was a translation of Theophrastus's History of Stones (1746). From this time forward he was a prolific writer. He edited the British Magazine (1746-1750), and for two years (1751-1753) he wrote a daily letter, The Inspector, for the London Advertiser and Literary Gazette. He also produced novels, plays and scientific works, and was a large contributor to the supplement of Ephraim Chambers's Cyciopaedia. His personal and scurrilous writings involved him in many quarrels. Henry Fielding attacked him in the Covent Garden Journal, Christopher Smart wrote a mock-epic, The Hilliad, against him, and David Garrick replied to his strictures against him by two epigrams, one of which runs: For physics and farces, his equal there scarce is; His farces are physic, his physic a farce is. From 1759 to 1775 he was engaged on a huge botanical workThe Vegetable System (26 vols. folio) illustrated with 1600 copperplate engravings. Hills botanical labors were underaken at the request of his patron, Lord Bute, and he was rewarded by the order of Vasa from the king of Sweden in 1774. He had a medical degree from Edinburgh, and he subsequently practised as a doctor, making considerable sums by the preparation of vegetable medicines. He died in London on the 21st of November 1775. Of the seventy-six separate works with which he is credited in the Dictionary of National Biography, the most valuable are those that deal with botany. He is said to have been the author of the second part of The Oeconomy of Human Life (1751), the first part of which is by Lord Chesterfield, and Hannah Glasses famous manual of cookery was generally ascribed to him . Dr Johnson said of him that he was an ingenious man, but had no veracity.

Subject Flowers
Map maker Hill, Sir John
Publisher British Herbal
Published at year 1756

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