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Image number: RS.10576
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‘The Banksia Serrata in Flower’




Frederick Polydor Nodder (1710-1804, British), Painter

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height (print): 292mm
width (print): 225mm


   > Botany

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   > plant


Botanical study of Banksia serrata, a shrub native to Australia and first collected by Sir Joseph Banks.

Plate 19 from Journal of a voyage to New South John White (J.Debrett, London, 1790).

The accompanying text states that: “A very large cylindrical spike of flowers terminates each branch. Most of the flowers are abortive, a few only in each spike producing ripe feed.”

The plate is inscribed: “F P Nodder delin. The Banksia serrata in Flower. London Published as the Act directs Dec: 29, 1789, by I.Debrett.”

“The Public may rely, with the most perfect confidence, on the care and accuracy with which the Drawings have been copied from nature, by Miss Stone, Mr.Catton, Mr.Nodder, and other artists; and the Editor flatters himself the Engravings are all executed with equal correctness, by, or under the immediate inspection of Mr.Milton. The Birds, &c. from which the drawings were taken are deposited in the Leverian Museum.”

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   > Oceania
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