C1785

Branche d'un Arbre -a-pain avec des Fruits.

Artist:

Sydney Parkinson (1768 - 1771)

Rare engraving from the French edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage, published (1774) the year after the English edition (1773). The title in the English versions was: A branch of the bread-fruit tree with the fruit. Famous engraving of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Branche d’un Arbre -a-pain avec des Fruits.

Date:

C1785

Artist:

Sydney Parkinson (1768 - 1771)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.
AUTHENTICITY
Branche d'un Arbre -a-pain avec des Fruits. - Antique Print from 1785

Genuine antique
dated:

1785

Description:

Rare engraving from the French edition of the accounts of Cook’s first voyage, published (1774) the year after the English edition (1773).

The title in the English versions was: A branch of the bread-fruit tree with the fruit.

Famous engraving of the Bread fruit 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.

Biography:

Sydney Parkinson  (1768-1771)

Artist on the 1st Voyage of Astronomical Enquiry (1768-1771) Cook’s Endeavour voyage sailed  to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus and charted the Pacific islands, New Zealand and Australia. Published by Alecto Historical Editions in association with the British Museum (Natural History).

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