Samuel Holden, Walker’s Cattleya

Samuel Holden, Walker’s Cattleya

Samuel Holden (active 1830–50)
Walker’s Cattleya, Cattleya walkeriana
1847 Watercolour
Museum no. 8377.15

Samuel Holden seems to have specialised in the illustration of orchids and newly discovered exotic species. Holden painted many orchids in private collections, sometimes annotating his drawings with the location of his specimen. He was quick off the mark with this Cattleya drawn from an example in the collection of Sigismund Rucker of West Hill in Wandsworth. Rucker was the first to cultivate this particular species in England in 1847, the year of Holden’s study.