C1828

Embothrium Speciosissima (Waratah)

Artist:

Sydneham Edwards (1768 - 1819)

This magnificent flower is the floral emblem of New South Wales.  Found in the coast and mountain districts of New South Wales, from the Hunter River in the north to the Clyde and Braidwood district in the south. Modern binomial … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Embothrium Speciosissima (Waratah)

Date:

C1828

Artist:

Sydneham Edwards (1768 - 1819)

Condition:

Repaired tear at top, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

280mm 
x 200mm
AUTHENTICITY
Embothrium Speciosissima (Waratah) - Antique Print from 1828

Genuine antique
dated:

1828

Description:

This magnificent flower is the floral emblem of New South Wales. 

Found in the coast and mountain districts of New South Wales, from the Hunter River in the north to the Clyde and Braidwood district in the south.

Modern binomial name; Telopea speciosissima

First described; James Edward Smith 1793

Distribution: NSW

Smith noted; in his account, A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland, “very fine dried specimens sent by Mr. White”. He gave the species its original binomial name of Embothrium speciosissimum. Robert Brown suggested the genus Telopea for it in 1809, which was published in 1810.

From Geels,  Sertum Botanicum. Collection Choisie de Plantes Les Plus Remarquables par Leur Elegance, Leur Eclat & Leur Utilite.

Biography:

Sydneham Edwards (1768-1819)

Initially worked for Curtis’s Botanical Magzine, 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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