Portrait of George Loddiges

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Object

Painting

Title

Portrait of George Loddiges

Production date

c.1817-8

Material

Oil
Canvas

Dimensions

width: 74cm
height: 62.5cm

Description

This portrait by John Renton of George Loddiges (1786 - 1846) shows him as a young man. Loddiges was a German nursery owner who started a business on Mare Street in 1787. By the 1820s the nursery was famous for its tropical orchids, with over 1600 types for sale. To allow them to grow tropical plants in Hackney, the Loddiges built an amazing range of hot houses. The steam heating and sprinkler systems which they developed were later copied for the Palm Houses at Kew Gardens.

By 1852, the Loddiges’ exotic plants were badly affected by pollution from local industries, and the business was forced to close. If you visit Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington today you can still see trees and plants that originally came from the Loddiges Nursery.

From the collection of Alexander Chalmers.

Production person

Renton, John

Production person note

Renton was the son of a gardener and lived in Hoxton. He exhibited with the Royal Academy from 1799 - 1840, submitting some 40 pictures. He specialised in portraits of religious nonconformists.

Associated place

hoxton

Object number

CH 1996.106

On display?

No

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