C1773

A branch of the bread-fruit tree with the fruit.

Artist:

Sydney Parkinson (1768 - 1771)

A fine hand coloured example of this famous engraving of the breadfruit provided by the Tahitians at Matavia Bay (previously named by Wallis as Port Royal) on 13th April 1769. After Cook’s return from Tahiti in the Endeavour, Joseph Banks … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

A branch of the bread-fruit tree with the fruit.

Date:

C1773

Artist:

Sydney Parkinson (1768 - 1771)

Engraver:

John Frederick Miller 
(1759 – 
1796)

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

290mm 
x 360mm

Paper Size: 

345mm 
x 460mm
AUTHENTICITY
A branch of the bread-fruit tree with the fruit. - Antique Print from 1773

Genuine antique
dated:

1773

Description:

A fine hand coloured example of this famous engraving of the breadfruit provided by the Tahitians at Matavia Bay (previously named by Wallis as Port Royal) on 13th April 1769.

After Cook’s return from Tahiti in the Endeavour, Joseph Banks and Solander the botanist, reported on the Bread fruit as a food source. This prompted colonial administrators and plantation owners to call for the introduction of the plant to the British colonies in the West Indies. Joseph Banks, as President of The Royal Society, offered a cash prize and a medal to the person who successfully introduced the plant. The first attempt by Blight led to the infamous ‘mutiny on the Bounty.’ On his second attempt, Bligh won the Royal Society medal.

Common name: Bread fruit
Modern binomial name: Artocarpus altilis
First described: 1769 Parkinson named the species Sitodium altile, three years later, Johann Reinhold Forster and Georg Forster published a description of the species using the name Artocarpus communis.
Distribution: Endemic to the Pacific but now found in over 90 countries.

From Hawkesworth,  An Account of the Voyages Undertaken By the Order of His Majesty, for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere.

Artist:

Sydney Parkinson  (1768-1771)

Parkinson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and from an early age his artistic abilities were noticed. He was employed by Joseph Banks in London before joining him and Daniel Solander on James Cook’s Endeavour on a circumnavigation of the globe (1768-1771) as a botanical draughtsman. During the voyage, he made at least 1,300 drawings and paintings. Parkinson was the first European to draw Eucalypts. On the return voyage, he died in Batavia.

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