C1777

[Plant used at Otaheite to catch fish by intoxication.]

Artist:

George Foster (1754 - 1794)

Rare first edition of this large copper engraving of Barringtonia asiatica plant from the official British Admiralty sanctioned issue of Cook’s second voyage of exploration. Barringtonia asiatica, (Lecythidaceae) known as fish poison tree, putat or sea poison tree. References: Beddie 1381-24, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

[Plant used at Otaheite to catch fish by intoxication.]

Date:

C1777

Artist:

George Foster (1754 - 1794)

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

230mm 
x 377mm

Paper Size: 

292mm 
x 420mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Plant used at Otaheite to catch fish by intoxication.] - Antique Print from 1777

Genuine antique
dated:

1777

Description:

Rare first edition of this large copper engraving of Barringtonia asiatica plant from the official British Admiralty sanctioned issue of Cook’s second voyage of exploration.

Barringtonia asiatica, (Lecythidaceae) known as fish poison tree, putat or sea poison tree.

References: Beddie 1381-24, p.266, Smithsonian, Foster Collection

From, Cook, A Voyage Towards the South Pole, and Round the World, performed in His Majesty’s Ships the Resolution and Adventure, In the Years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775.

Collections:
National Gallery of Australia: NGA 2013.4129.9.37

Artist:

Johann George Forster (1754-1794)

George Forster was the son of Johann Reinhold Forster. He showed a precocious intellectual ability and was educated in natural history by his father. George was enrolled as a pupil at the Warrington Academy, where his father taught French and German. When approached to join Cook’s Resolution, after Banks scientific party had withdrawn, Johann insisted that his son should travel with him as his natural-history draughtsman. George completed two volumes of drawings of plants containing 361 items on the voyage. These drawings the Forster’s sold to Banks in August 1776.

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