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Sir Joseph Paxton (1803- 1865) was a hugely talented man. With no education, he began as an assistant gardener and rose to become head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire.
He designed the grand conservatory for the Duke's stately home, Chatsworth House. This served as a model for Paxton's design of the Crystal Palace for the London Exhibition of 1851. Incredibly, he designed this giant, intricate building in less than 9 days on a piece of blotting paper. The man must have been a genius!
His most famous publications are Paxton's Magazine of Botany and Paxton’s Flower Garden. They contained beautiful engravings and lithographs. Here are many of them for you to choose from. They are genuine antiques from the 1800s.

29.5 x 23 cm (11.55 x 9 inches)Oncidium LanceanumSurinamThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservato..
US$95.00
22.5 x 15.5 cm (9 x 6 inches).Hibiscus lindleiBurma,MyanmarThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conserva..
US$95.00
28 x 21 cm (11 x 8.5 inches).Aerides crassifoliumPeru and ColombiaThis lithograph was made in the 1880s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory ..
US$95.00
31 x 22.5 cm (12 x 9.5 inches).Epiphyllum splendidumThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory a..
US$125.00
23 x 16 cm (9 x 6.5 inches)Laelia AncepsMexicoThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at Chat..
US$75.00
28 x 21 cm (11 x 8.5 inches).Lilium loddigesianumRussiaThis lithograph was made in the 1880s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at Chatswor..
US$95.00
22.5 x 15.5 cm (9 x 6 inches).Oncidium CitrinumThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at Chat..
US$75.00
23 x 16 cm (9 x 6.5 inches)Verbena TweedieanaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at Chats..
US$75.00
29.5 x 23 cm (11.55 x 9 inches)Poinsettia PulcherrimaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory a..
US$75.00
29.5 x 23 cm (11.55 x 9 inches)Cattleya LabiataBrazilThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory ..
US$95.00
31 x 22.5 cm (12 x 9.5 inches).Ismene amancaesBrazil,PeruThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservato..
US$125.00
23 x 16 cm (9 x 6.5 inches)Malva munroanaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at Chatsworth..
US$75.00
23 x 16 cm (9 x 6.5 inches)Epacris VariabilisAustraliaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory..
US$75.00
23 x 16 cm (9 x 6.5 inches)Boronia crenulataThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at Chatsw..
US$55.00
23 x 16 cm (9 x 6.5 inches)Gesernea selloiBrazilThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at Ch..
US$75.00
23 x 16 cm (9 x 6.5 inches)Euphorbia FulgensMexicoThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at ..
US$55.00
23 x 16 cm (9 x 6.5 inches)Pentstemon gentianoidesThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at ..
US$55.00
23 x 16 cm (9 x 6.5 inches)Dillwynia GlycinifoliaAustraliaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conserva..
US$55.00
23 x 16 cm (9 x 6.5 inches)Chorizema OvataAustraliaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at..
US$75.00
23 x 16 cm (9 x 6.5 inches)Acacia LongifoliaAustraliaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory ..
US$75.00
22.5 x 15.5 cm (9 x 6 inches).Clintonia PulchellaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at Ch..
US$75.00
22.5 x 15.5 cm (9 x 6 inches).Tropaeolum majus atrosanguineumPeruThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the co..
US$75.00
28 x 21 cm (11 x 8.5 inches).Rhodothamnus kamtchaticusRussia,SiberiaThis lithograph was made in the 1880s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservator..
US$75.00
22.5 x 15.5 cm (9 x 6 inches).Amaryllis formosissimaSouth AmericaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the co..
US$95.00
22.5 x 15.5 cm (9 x 6 inches).Agrostemma BungeanaRussiaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory..
US$95.00
22.5 x 15.5 cm (9 x 6 inches).Mimulus HarrisoniaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at Cha..
US$95.00
22.5 x 15.5 cm (9 x 6 inches).Cineararia WaterhousianaThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory ..
US$95.00
22.5 x 15.5 cm (9 x 6 inches).Russelia JunceaMexicoThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at ..
US$55.00
28 x 21 cm (11 x 8.5 inches). Phyllocactus anguliger Mexico This lithograph was made in the 1880s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the conservatory at C..
US$95.00
22.5 x 15.5 cm (9 x 6 inches).Chelone centranthifoliumCalifornia,USAThis hand colored engraving was made in the 1830s by Sir Joseph Paxton, a hugely talented man. Paxton started as an assistant gardener with no education & rose to become the head gardener to the Duke of Devonshire. His design of the..
US$45.00
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