The Australian Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea Arborea)

Colonial engraving of grass trees which only grow in Australia and can have a lifespan of 600 years. References: Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 : : 9829g. Hughes-d’Aeth, T. Paper Nation : The Story of … Read Full Description

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The Australian Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea Arborea)




In good condition.


Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

x 200mm
The Australian Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea Arborea) - Antique Print from 1886

Genuine antique



Colonial engraving of grass trees which only grow in Australia and can have a lifespan of 600 years.

Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 : : 9829g.
Hughes-d’Aeth, T. Paper Nation : The Story of the Picturesque Atlas of Australia. Melbourne 2001 :.

National Library Australia: Bib ID 1654251
National Gallery Australia: LEGACY ID 34588
Royal Collection Trust UK: RCIN 1046852
Getty Museum Los Angeles: Object name: 1218593
State Library New South Wales: RECORD IDENTIFIER 74VvDRQZXzWd
State Library Victoria: CCF 919.4 G19

Livingston York Yourtee (Hop) Hopkins (1846 - 1927)

Hopkins was a cartoonist best known as 'HOP', born on 7 July 1846 at Bellefontaine, Ohio, United States of America, son of Daniel Hopkins (1800-1849), surveyor, and his wife Sarah, née Carter. At 17 he left a clerkship to join the 130th Ohio Volunteer Regiment, which was reviewed in Washington by President Lincoln before it saw service near Petersburg, Virginia, in the summer of 1864.

Hopkins, however, spent most of his time picketing the lines and relieving his boredom by drawing. Mustered out in September 1864, he took a job as a railroad messenger, worked on newspapers in Ohio and Illinois and in 1870 moved to New York. By then a freelance 'Designer on Wood', he contributed to newspapers and comic magazines, and illustrated books. In 1880 A Comic History of the United States, which he wrote and copiously illustrated, was published but a patriotic reading public was not amused. On 9 June 1875 at Toledo he had married Harriet Augusta Commager.  In 1882 Hopkins met William Traill who so inspired him that by February 1883 Hopkins had arrived in Sydney with his wife, three children and a two-year contract with the Bulletin. Soon he was joined by Phil May, lured by Traill from England, and together they contributed much to the Bulletin's popularity and prosperity. Their skill, enhanced by improved methods of reproduction, attracted other artists to the magazine. Best known of 'Hop's' cartoons were the Sudan war and Federation series, and those that caricatured Sir Henry Parkes, Sir George Dibbs, Sir George Reid, Sir William Lyne, Bernhard Wise and other public figures. In 1904 he published a selection of his work, On the Hop, but his output steadily declined until his virtual retirement in 1913, by which time he was a director of the Bulletin.  'Hop's' draftsmanship was inferior to May's and though his political satire was racy and irreverent, it lacked toughness; as the Bulletin put it, 'he used his gift for gaiety and mirth, searing or scathing none'. Yet Hopkins remained the most popular of the Bulletin cartoonists and, for its proprietors, perhaps the most useful. He diligently kept notebooks of ideas and captions, and constantly referred to the scrapbooks of his past work. His 19,000 drawings included social satire, jokes, Bulletin calendars and postcards, and illustrations for such publications as F. J. Donahue's The History of Botany Bay (1888). His interpretation of the politicians and the regular appearance of his symbolic figures and menagerie of allegorical animals did much to explain the gospel of economic and racial isolationism, Republican nationalism and cultural chauvinism that the Bulletin preached before Federation.

He was an etcher and a painter as well as a cartoonist, and samples of his work are in the Mitchell Library, National Library of Australia, and art galleries at Geelong and Castlemaine and in most States.

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