C1814

Eupomatia laurina

Artist:

Ferdinand Bauer (1760 - 1826)

Exceptionally rare and historically important botanical illustrationof the Lanoline Bush, from Matthew Flinders account of his voyage to Terra Australis. Here offered in the superior and rarest deluxe issue. The deluxe issue of the Flinder’s atlas, has the botanical illustrations … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Eupomatia laurina

Date:

C1814

Artist:

Ferdinand Bauer (1760 - 1826)

Condition:

In good condition. Sheet edges with minor chips and perforations on left hand side from original stitching.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

350mm 
x 485mm

Paper Size: 

495mm 
x 720mm
AUTHENTICITY
Eupomatia laurina - Antique Print from 1814

Genuine antique
dated:

1814

Description:

Exceptionally rare and historically important botanical illustrationof the Lanoline Bush, from Matthew Flinders account of his voyage to Terra Australis.

Here offered in the superior and rarest deluxe issue. The deluxe issue of the Flinder’s atlas, has the botanical illustrations unfolded and with untrimmed wide margins as issued. In comparison, the standard issue of the atlas, the botanical plates are found folded multiple times, to accomodate being reduced to a quarto size and the margins are extensively trimmed.

Robert Brown the naturalist on the expedition can be called ‘The Father of Australian botany’,for his effort in collecting over 3,900 specimens, of which 140 genera were new to science. Brown’s specimens and Prodromus published in 1810 formed the foundation for George Betham’s Flora Australiensis (1863-1878).

Modern common name Bolwarra, Native guava or Copper laurel.

Modern binomial name Eupomatia laurina

First described Robert Brown

Distribution The whole genus known to science includes only two species, each one only known from occurrences in one small part of Australia and separated from each other by over 1,000 km (620 mi), E. bennettii small bolwarra only (endemic) in the north-eastern New South Wales to south-eastern Queensland region and E. barbata northern small bolwarra only (endemic) in the Wet Tropics of Queensland.

Artist:

Ferdinand Bauer (1760-1826)

Bauer was a botanical artist born in Austria, the son of Lukas Bauer, court painter to the Prince of Liechtenstein. Orphaned next year, the brothers later came to the notice of a priest, Norbert Boccius, who encouraged them in botanical drawing and commissioned Ferdinand, when only 15, to paint a large number of highly finished flower studies.

In about 1780 the brothers moved to Vienna where they met Baron Nikolaus von Jacquin, then working on his Icones Plantarum Rariorum, 1-3 (Vienna 1781-93). He employed Ferdinand and his brother Franz in illustrating this work. This experience and training determined their future. When Professor John Sibthorpe of Oxford visited Vienna he was so impressed by Ferdinand’s work that he engaged him as his natural history painter; they left Vienna in 1786 and travelled widely in the Mediterranean before going to England at the end of 1787. 

In 1800 Sir Joseph Banks arranged for Ferdinand Bauer to join the expedition of Matthew Flinders in the Investigator to Terra Australis. Bauer worked closely with Robert Brown the naturalist and together they collected and illustrated thousands of plants. By August 1803 Bauer had made 1000 drawings of plants and 200 of animals before returning to England in 1805. By then Bauer had made 2073 drawings, of which some 1540 drawings were of Australian plants and the remainder of plants from Norfolk Island, Timor and the Cape.

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