Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Banksia serrata

plate and print

Joseph Banks' Floriegium
Sydney Parkinson travelled to the Pacific with Banks on board Cook's ship, the Endeavour. He made nearly 1000 drawings... but died on the voyage. Banks employed 18 engravers to produce 753 copper plates for his anthology of flowers. He sent proofs to Linnaeus who gave Banks' name to a new genus of plant.

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