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Australian Ferdinand Bauer print. Hibbertia dealbata flower print

Australian Ferdinand Bauer print. Hibbertia dealbata flower print

by Bauer, Ferdinand

Rare Limited Edition reproduction of a watercoloured drawing of Australian native Hibbertia print by Austrian artist Ferdinand Bauer (1760-1826) for "The Australian Painting of Ferdinand Bauer", a selection reproduced from Bauer's 'Illustrations Florae Novae Hollandiae' (Illustrations of the Flora of Australia originally published in London circa 1815. Between 1801 and 1805 Bauer accompanied Matthew Flinders on the first circumnavigation of Australia. Unfortunately Brown could not find financial support for publication on his return to England, so Bauer left England and returned to Vienna where he finished his series of plants and animals of Australia. The high quality of Ferdinand Bauer's botanical illustrations combined exceptional scientific observation with subtle artistry. 

Belonging to the genus Hibbertia (which commemorated George Hibbert (1757-1837), a prominent West India merchant in London and patron of the arts, who maintained a private richly stocked botanic garden at Clapham in Surrey, and even employed a collector, James Niven, in South Africa from 1798 to 1803). Hibbertia have stames and staminodes all on one side of the ovary instead of surrounding it. Hibbertia dealbata is further distinguished by the leaves being completly clothed beneath, with a very short dense whitish hair-covering, hence dealbata (whitewashed), and the conspicuous yellow flowers being carried on one-sided terminal spikes.

The botanical plate paper size is 50 x 33cm (19.6 x 13 inches). For presentation at the time of publication, each of these pages was lightly attached at the vertical edges to a dark green sheet of thick paper which has slightly shrunk. 

Stock Number: daAbFB2Price: $180.00