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Queensland Bottle-Tree, Brachychiton rupestris. Antique engraving c1886

Queensland Bottle-Tree, Brachychiton rupestris. Antique engraving c1886

by Ashton, Julian Rossi

Small antique print of a Queensland Bottle Tree c1886.

Antique print of a bottle tree in the foreground, with a man in front showing the size of the tree, and another in the background. They are grand looking trees, that bulge into this shape when between 5 to 8 years. The swelling of the trunk is caused by its storage of water. The tree can reach 20 metres tall and is semi-deciduous, with leaves dropping before the bell-shaped flowers form in clusters at the end of the branches between October and December.

This is a lovely simple engraving after a drawing by Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942), for Picturesque Atlas of Australasia, published between 1886 and 1888 to commemorate the centenary of English settlement in Australia. In 1878 J.R. Ashton migrated from England to Australia with his wife and son. Having had formal artistic training in London and Paris he began work at the Illustrated Australian News, but soon became an influential artist and art teacher. In Sydney the Julian Rossi Art school still bears his name.

Published within a page of text, this engraving has been mounted between 'antique white' ragmat conservation mat-board. The external size of the matboard for framing is 29 x 23cm. The window around the image measures 15 x 8.5cm.     

Stock Number: apAuQb-t.smPrice: $70.00