C1882

Dodonaea Viscosa

Superb large c.19th Australian botanical from, The Forest of South Australia by John Ednie Brown (1848-1899). The Forest of South Australia was the largest c.19th series of botanical illustrations made solely devoted to Australian species. Although focused on South Australian species many of these … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Dodonaea Viscosa

Date:

C1882

Engraver:

 

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Image Size: 

340mm 
x 445mm

Paper Size: 

445mm 
x 535mm
AUTHENTICITY
Dodonaea Viscosa - Antique Print from 1882

Genuine antique
dated:

1882

Description:

Superb large c.19th Australian botanical from, The Forest of South Australia by John Ednie Brown (1848-1899).

The Forest of South Australia was the largest c.19th series of botanical illustrations made solely devoted to Australian species. Although focused on South Australian species many of these are endemic to other states. The majority of the original watercolours for the series were made by Rosa Fiveash while all the lithography on the stone was done by Harcourt Barrett who also drew all the detailed sketches of; bark, seeds and woods on the plates.

Common name: Sticky hop bush
Binomial name: Dodonaea viscosa
Distribution: Australia wide

References:
George, A. Capturing Flora / 300 Years of Australian Botanical Art. Ballarat 2013 p.174.
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 7516.

Collections:
State Library South Australia: 581.9942 B878 d++
National Library Australia: Bib ID 2282454
State Library New South Wales: Call Number DSM/X582/2A2

Harcourt Barret (1838 - 1904)

Barret was born in England in 1838 and arrived in Australia in 1881. He worked in Adelaide as a chromolithographer for the South Australian Government Printer. He produced a number of maps but his largest body of work was as the lithographer for J.E. Brown’s The Forest Flora of South Australia (1882), he was responsible for transferring the original paintings onto stone and crafting the colour printing. “Published in nine parts with five prints per issue, The Forest Flora of South Australia was a popular series which became an essential part of any botany enthusiasts library. Once each painting was complete, the works were expertly prepared for lithography by the South Australian Government lithographer, Harcourt Barrett. Barrett was particularly skilled at his craft. Following his departure from this role due to the introduction of photo-lithography, he went on to work as a scientific illustrator and lithographer for the Royal Society of South Australia. Although Rosa Fiveash initialed a number of the images and Barrett’s name was printed on each plate of The Forest Flora of South Australia, neither of the artists were otherwise credited within the publication. Over time it became apparent that Fiveash was receiving an unfair share of the credit compared to Barrett, which prompted the lithographer to write a letter to The Advertiser, setting the record straight: ‘Of [the] 45 plates Miss Fiveash only supplied 32 drawings in watercolour of the centre or main branch only. Miss Camilla Hammond and Mrs. Smart sketched the native cherry, and it was from these sketches that the drawings upon stone were made. The remaining eleven plates and title page, together with all the additional work, consisting of the various woods, barks, seed-vessels, botanical sections, and various details of the flowers, were drawn direct upon the stones from photos and natural specimens wholly and solely by me during the time I held the position of chief lithographer at the Government Printing office.’ “ Reference ‘Capturing Flora – 300 years of Australian Botanical art’, Art Gallery of Ballarat. & Wrigley, J.W. (2013) Eucalypt Flowers, NLA

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Rosa Catherine Fiveash (1854 - 1938)

Rosa Catherine Fiveash (1854-1938) Fiveash was a botanical artist, born in Adelaide, the youngest child of Robert Archibald Fiveash, businessman and superintendent of the Blinman and Yudanamutana copper-mines, and his wife Margaret, nee Rees. She was trained by Miss A. Benham and at the Adelaide School of Art and Design 1881-88, and then taught art privately and at Tormore House School in North Adelaide for many years. In 1882 Rosa was invited to illustrate The Forest Flora of South Australia. Nine parts of this work were published in 1882-90 but the series was never completed. Fiveash drew 32 of the 45 published lithographs.

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