C1877

Sarcochilus Fitzgeraldi

Rare lithograph, from the original edition of the first monograph on Australian orchids, by Robert Fitzgerald. The series took twenty-four years to complete (1875-1894). Common name : Ravine orchid Modern binomial name: Sarcochilus fitzgeraldii F.Muell. First described: Ferdinand von Mueller, 1870 … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Sarcochilus Fitzgeraldi

Date:

C1877

Condition:

Spotting at lower sheet, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph with original hand colouring.

Paper Size: 

330mm 
x 495mm
AUTHENTICITY
Sarcochilus Fitzgeraldi - Antique Print from 1877

Genuine antique
dated:

1877

Description:

Rare lithograph, from the original edition of the first monograph on Australian orchids, by Robert Fitzgerald. The series took twenty-four years to complete (1875-1894).

Common name : Ravine orchid
Modern binomial name: Sarcochilus fitzgeraldii F.Muell.
First described: Ferdinand von Mueller, 1870
Distribution: QLD, NSW

From Fitzgerald, R. Australian Orchids.

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 9623.
Nissen, C. Die Botanische Buchillustration. Stuttgart 1966 BBI 633.
Sitwell, S. Fine Flower Books 1700-1900. New York 1990 56.
Stafleu, F. Taxonomic Literature. A selective guide to botanical publications.. Ultrecht. 1976-1988 1799.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3070652
State Library New South Wales: RB/F584.15/7
State Library Victoria: RARELTEF 584.15 F57
Australian Museum: RB D584.40994
State Library South Australia: 584.150994 F554 d
Royal Geographic Society SA: rga 584.40994 F554 d

Robert Fitzgerald (1830 - 1902)

Robert Fitzgerald (1830-1902) Fitzgerald was a surveyor and naturalist, and arrived in Sydney from Ireland in 1856 and soon after was appointed to the Department of Lands as a draftsman for the crown. In his own time Fitzgerald pursued his interest in botany and in 1864 travelled to Wallis Lake, north of Newcastle in New South Wales to collect ferns and orchids which he intended to cultivate around his Hunter's Hill home. This interest in orchids was maintained throughout his life and in 1869, 1871 and 1876 he visited Lord Howe Island to collect further botanical samples. It was during this time that he discovered Dracophyllum fitzgeraldii F. Muell, which was later to be named in his honour.  He worked for the Department of Lands and was an enthusiastic field collector, devoting himself especially to the native orchids. The publication of the 'Australian Orchids' was acclaimed throughout the botanical world. J.D. Hooker considered it 'a work which would bring honour to any country and to any botanist', while George Bentham wrote 'thanks to you the Australian Orchidaceae are now better known than those of any country out of Europe'.

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