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  • Title
    Collection 28: Botanical drawings of Australian plants, ca. late eigtheenth century
  • Call number
    DGD 38
  • Level of description
  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 7 watercolours - sizes are given with descriptions
  • Scope and Content
    "Natural Size" appears twice in titles, when it has been used to describe different drawings on the same sheet

    1. Natural size. December / Natural size / This tree grows to a large size and the wood is excellent for Boats ...
    [Ceratopetalum gummiferum : Christmas Bush]
    Watercolour on laid paper with a "J Whatman" watermark : 47.2 x 29.3 cm.

    2. Natural size / Natural size / a small shrub found in good soil amongst the bushes near the fresh water
    [Panax arboreum]
    Watercolour on laid paper with a "J Whatman" watermark : 45.7 x 30.5 cm.

    3. Natural size March / Natl. size / This Plant Runs close on the ground about 5 or 6 feet in length
    [Calystegia marginata]
    Watercolour on wove paper with a "J Whatman" papermark : 30.5 x 24.5 cm.

    4. September / Natural Size / Found in dry Sandy soil & grows to the height of four or five feet
    [Daviesia mimosoides]
    Watercolour on laid paper with a "Whatman" crest papermark, cropped : 30.7 x 24.1 cm.

    5. February / No. / Natural size / This plant grows to the height of 6 feet and found in moist or marshy soil
    [Goodenia ovata]
    Watercolour on laid paper : 29.5 x 24 cm.

    6. May / Natural size / Natural size / This Plant grows about 4 or 5 feet in height and generally found in dry sandy soil
    [Styphelia tubiflora]
    Watercolour on laid paper with a "J Whatman" watermark : 46.5 x 30.6 cm.

    7. Natural size / seeds / November, Generally found in good soil & about the height of two feet
    [Unidentified flowering plant]
    Watercolour on laid paper with a "Whatman" crest watermark : 45.1 x 28.6 cm.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Botanical descriptions have been provided by the Library
  • General note

    DG D38/1 - "Christmas bush" - is stylistically very similar to a drawing "The Cumberland Tree..." by an unknown artist, which is bound into a volume of 1790s Norfolk Island botanical illustrations : Dixson Library ref. DL PXX 1/39
    Another version of DG D38/1 "Christmas bush" is in the Watling Collection (no.446), Natural History Museum, London
    These drawings were purchased from the Longueville Collection, who purchased them in 1985, from a London dealer. The dealer acquired them from a Bonham's London auction in the late 1970s. It has not proved possible to trace provenance back further than this.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 971244
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    All inscriptions are contemporary and are in ink, written over now faint pencil inscriptions. The pencil inscriptions appear to be the same as the ink
  • Topic
  • Exhibited in

    A Rage for Curiosity - State Library of New South Wales (1 September, 1997 - 11 January, 1998). Applies to: DG D38/1 "Christmas bush"
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