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Banks' Florilegium Plate 80 Vigna Vexillata


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ExhibitionsThe Art and Science of Exploration, 1768-80
User collections Captain Cook's First Voyage by NMMCollections
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID ZBA6004
Description Part IV - Australia. One of a set of 738 botanical prints produced from original drawings made by Sydney Parkinson on the first voyage of Captain Cook (1768-1771). Parkinson made sketches of hundreds of specimens collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on the voyage, which were to be turned into completed watercolours on their return. This specimen was collected at Endeavour River , Australia. Following Parkinson's death on the return voyage, the watercolour was completed by Frederick Polydore Nodder and the engraving by Robert Blyth, under the patronage of Banks, but never published. These passed to the Natural History Museum on Banks' death and were eventually published by them in the 1980s (in association with Alecto Publishing) in full colour, using the original engraving plates. This set is Number 95 of a limited edition of 100. Each print is inscribed with specimen name, finding location, artists names and date.
Date made 1771-1784; 1980-1994

Artist/Maker Natural History Museum
Parkinson, Sydney
Alecto Historical Editions
Nodder, Frederick Polydore
[engraver], Robert Blyth
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials cream, medium, handmade, plate paper; hand-coloured engraving
Measurements Mount: 734 mm x 570 mm
  • Banks' Florilegium Plate 80 Vigna Vexillata (ZBA6004)
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