C1891

Bolbophyllum Baileyi [Bulbophyllum baileyi],[fly orchid], Cirrhopetalum clavigerum [Pale Umbrella Orchid]

Artist:

Robert D. Fitzgerald (1830 - 1902)

$A 145

In stock

S/N: FAORC-020502–197435
(C107)

Full Title:

Bolbophyllum Baileyi [Bulbophyllum baileyi],[fly orchid], Cirrhopetalum clavigerum [Pale Umbrella Orchid]

Date:

C1891

Artist:

Robert D. Fitzgerald (1830 - 1902)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Lithograph with original hand colouring.

Description:

Rare lithograph, from the original edition of the first monograph on Australian orchids, by Robert Fitzgerald. The series took twenty-four years to complete (1875-1894).

Common name: Fly orchid
Distribution: QLD

Common name: pale umbrella orchid
Distribution: QLD

Biography:

Robert Fitzgerald (1830-1902)

Fitzgerald
was a surveyor and naturalist, arriving in Sydney from Ireland in 1856. Soon
after his arrival he was appointed to the Department of Lands as a draftsman
for the crown. In his own time Fitzgerald pursued his interest in botany and in
1864 travelled to Wallis Lake, north of Newcastle in New South Wales to collect
ferns and orchids which he intended to cultivate around his Hunter’s Hill home.
This interest in orchids was maintained throughout his life and in 1869, 1871
and 1876 he visited Lord Howe Island to collect further botanical samples. It
was during this time that he discovered Dracophyllum fitzgeraldii F. Muell,
which was later named in his honour. 

Fitzgerald
worked for the Department of Lands and was an enthusiastic field collector,
devoting himself especially to native orchids. The publication of the Australian Orchids was
acclaimed throughout the botanical world. J.D. Hooker considered it ‘a work which would bring honour to
any country and to any botanist’
, while George Bentham wrote ‘thanks to you the Australian
Orchidaceae are now better known than those of any country out of Europe’
.

The
best and largest colonial series on Australian orchids.

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