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Early New Zealand Botanical Art
by F. Bruce Sampson

Large hardback, first edition 1985, 142pages, very good condition, tear in jacket

This first-ever anthology of early botanical paintings and drawings of New Zealand native plants covers the period from Cook's first voyage in 1769 through to the publication of Cheeseman's ILLUSTRATIONS in 1914. By this time about half of the native ferns, conifers and flowering plants had been illustrated, although many of these were never published.

The botanists and artists whose work is discussed include such well-known figures as the Forsters, the Hookers, Kirk and Cheeseman, but also some lesser-known illustrators such as Martha King and Fanny Osborne, remarkable artists whose work has been 'rediscovered'.

The plates, some of which are are reproduced here for the first time, demonstrate a range of printing techniques, including "nature printing" and chromolithography. They embody all the elegance, attention to fine detail and sensitive use of colour and shading that are features of the very best botanical illustration.

List of plates

1. Parkinson, Banks and Solander
2. Johann and George Forster
3. Dumont D'Urville's Voyages
4. Etienne Raoul
5. William Curtis's Botanical Magazine
6. Sir William and Sir Joseph Hooker
7. Martha King - First Resident Botanical Artist
8. Fanny Osborne of Great Barrier Island
9. John Buchanan and Nature Printing
10. Mr and Mrs Featon's Art Album
11. Emily Harris's Flowers, Berries and Ferns
12. Mrs Hetley's Native Flowers
13. Henry Field's Ferns of New Zealand
14. Thomas Kirk's Forest Flora of New Zealand
15. Thomas Cheeseman's Illustrations of the New Zealand Flora

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