C1798

Grass Gum Tree.

Artist:

Very rare c.18th engraving of the Grass tree published 1st October 1798. The source of this illustration as noted by the publisher; Of these botanical productions, and other rare objects of natural history, by the friendship of a gentleman in … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Grass Gum Tree.

Date:

C1798

Artist:

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Paper Size: 

90mm 
x 147mm
AUTHENTICITY
Grass Gum Tree. - Antique Print from 1798

Genuine antique
dated:

1798

Description:

Very rare c.18th engraving of the Grass tree published 1st October 1798.

The source of this illustration as noted by the publisher;
Of these botanical productions, and other rare objects of natural history, by the friendship of a gentleman in an official department, who was for many years resident, we possess a very valuable collection of original drawings, executed with admirable accuracy and taste.

The first engraved image of a Grasstree was issued in Governor Phillip’s account of the colony in 1789. In the past it was commonly called ‘Black Boy‘.

Common name: Grasstree
Modern binomial name: Xanthorrhoea
First described: Smith 1798

References:
George, A. Capturing Flora / 300 Years of Australian Botanical Art. Ballarat 2013 p.42 ill. p.44.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3202841

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