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Rare Australian Sun Flower of NSW. Flannel Flower c1800.

Rare Australian Sun Flower of NSW. Flannel Flower c1800.

by Harrison Cluse & Co

Actinotus helianthi, New South Wales, 1901 floral emblem for the Centenary of Federation.

Original copperplate engraving with contemporary hand-colour from the Naturalist's Pocket Magazine; or, Compleat Cabinet of Curiosities and Beauties of Nature, containing elegant coloured prints of birds, fishes, flowers, insects, quadrupeds, shells, and other natural productions..", eight anonymously compiled books published in London between 1798 and 1802 by Harrison, Cluse & Co. No. 108 Newgate Street. This engraving was one of 20 engravings on early Australian discoveries. 

Most likely the engravings were based on paintings by the convict artist, Thomas Watling, much of whose work was sent to Britain. Watling made an immeasurable contribution to our knowledge of colonial days in Australia with his visual recording of views and early discoveries of nature in New South Wales.

On arrival in Sydney, Watling was assigned to ardent naturalist, surgeon-general John White, who benefited greatly from Watling's artistic skill. When White left the colony at the end of 1794 it is thought that Watling was assigned to judge-advocate David Collins, as Collins's An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales used sketches by Watling. Both publications were published between 1798 and 1802. Within a year of the enthusiastic and able artist, Governor John Hunter's arrival in the colony, he granted Watling a conditional pardon in 1796, and an absolute pardon the following year.

This engraving has age-discolouration but is otherwise in good condition except for a slight foxing spot at right and slight vertical mark at top. The page measures 150 x 85mm (approximately 6 x 3 3/8 inches). The accompanying text is available.

Stock Number: apAbHarr5Price: $250.00