John Hill produced eleven botanical works during his lifetime but his propensity to jump from project to project, career to career, apparently made his life unfulfilling and unhappy. His best known work, THE VEGETABLE SYSTEM which included 1546 hand colored, engraved plates took him sixteen years to complete but didn’t make him a profit. In 1760 he produced FLORA BRITANNICA, the first color plate book by an Englishman to employ Linnaeus’s system of nomenclature to arrange the plants.

THE VEGETABLE SYSTEM by John Hill. London, 1759-73.

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