C1804

Banksia Ericaefolia. Heath-Leaved Banksia

Artist:

Sydneham Edwards (1768 - 1819)

One of the most attractive images of a banksia.   Modern common name Heath leaved Banksia Modern binomial name Banksia ericifolia First described Linneaus (younger First described 1782 Linnaeus (the Younger) Distribution From Curtis’s Botanical Magazine The Heath leaved Banksia … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Banksia Ericaefolia. Heath-Leaved Banksia

Date:

C1804

Artist:

Sydneham Edwards (1768 - 1819)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring
AUTHENTICITY
Banksia Ericaefolia. Heath-Leaved Banksia - Antique Print from 1804

Genuine antique
dated:

1804

Description:

One of the most attractive images of a banksia.  

Modern common name Heath leaved Banksia

Modern binomial name Banksia ericifolia First described Linneaus (younger

First described 1782 Linnaeus (the Younger)

Distribution

From Curtis’s Botanical Magazine

The Heath leaved Banksia was first collected at Botany Bay on 29 April 1770, by Sir Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Solander, during the Endeavour’s stay at Botany Bay in 1770. It was not published until April 1782, when Carolus described the first four Banksia species in his Supplementum Plantarum. Linnaeus distinguished the species by their leaf shapes and named them accordingly.

Biography:

Sydneham Edwards (1768-1819)

Initially worked for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, until a dispute with the publishers when he started his own rival magazine The Botanical Register. He was born in Monmouthshire, a from an early age demonstrated a precocious talent for drawing and when only 11 years old had copied plates from Flora Londinensis. A friend of William Curtis, the publisher visited the Edwards and recommended the boy to Curtis. Curtis proceeded to have Edwards trained in both botany and botanical illustration. Edwards was a prolific talent and between 1787 and 1815 he produced over 1,700 watercolours for Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. He established The Botanical Register in 1815 after a disagreement with John Sims, Curtis’s editor.

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