'Tussac Grass, Falkland Islands'
|Description||No. 4 in Fanshawe's Pacific album, 1849 - 52. Captioned by the artist below the image, as title, with the additional note that 'The brown hillocks are the decayed roots, earth &c of the growth of former years.' Fanshawe explained further in his journal; '...here on the numerous islets grows the "Tussack grass", which is the best food for cattle. It is a long, coarse grass, growing in large tufts from the tops of mounds of decayed vegetable matter, earth and fibres, which the plant itself has deposited and collected. These mounds are 3 or 4 feet high; some I noticed 6 feet' (Fanshawe  p. 169). Fanshawe and his ship 'Daphne' were at the Falklands, 21 - 27 May 1849, en route for the Pacific from Montevideo, of which he also did a surviving wash drawing (ZBA4910) during a stay of some weeks but appears to have omitted from this album as not of satisfactory standard. This is one of a group of three drawings of the Falklands, PAI4609 - PAI4611.|
|Date made||late May 1849|