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Image number: RS.10578
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‘The Banksia pyriformis’

Date

1790

Creator

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

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

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

Subject

Biology
   > Botany

Content object

nature
   > plant

Description

Botanical study of the woody pear (Xylomelum pyriforme) a tree native to Australia and first collected by Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander.

Plate 21 from Journal of a voyage to New South Wales...by John White (J.Debrett, London, 1790).

The accompanying text describes this plant as “Banksia with solitary flowers, ovate downy capsules, and lance-shaped entire smooth leaves”.

The plate is inscribed: “The Banksia pyriformis. 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.”

Associated place

<The World>
   > Oceania
      > Australia