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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Art genres  >  Botanical illustration

Museum Victoria's 'Museum History Case' of natural and scientific specimens, 1850-80

This video shows curator Rebecca Carland talking about some of the natural and scientific specimens collected between 1850 and 1880 for what was then called the National Museum of Victoria. She begins by discussing the early years of the Museum and its tenacious and argumentative director, Frederick McCoy. Items in the ...


'Waratah (Telopea speciosissima)'

This is a spectacular watercolour study of the Australian native plant, the waratah ('Telopea speciosissima'), in full bloom. Painted in about 1820 by the convict artist Joseph Lycett (1774-1828), it measures 26.5 cm x 19.5 cm.


Naturalised New Zealand grass ('Sporobolus africanus'), c1878

This is a dried specimen of the naturalised New Zealand grass 'Sporobolus africanus', and a 'nature' print and drawings made from the same specimen. They were prepared, printed and drawn by the botanist and artist John Buchanan (1819-98) in about 1878. The lithographic stone for the print was created by 'nature printing' ...