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  • Botany Australian Eremophila oppositfolia SA 1882 chromolithograph Original Antique Print

Botany Australian Eremophila oppositifolia Forest Flora of South Australia c.1882

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Botany Australian Eremophila oppositifolia Forest Flora of South Australia c.1882

Antique chromolithograph drawn on stone by H. Barratt and lithographed by E Spiller after Rosa Catherine Fiveash (1855-1938), born in Adelaide and was trained in scientific illustration for this large project that she worked on for 8 years. She was still painting until 80 years of age.

Printed at the Government Printer (corner of King William Rd./North Tce) by E.Spiller, issued by subscription 1882-90 for John Edne Brown's Forest Flora of South Australia

Condition: Excellent / Issued with original text

 John Ednie Brown (1848-1899) Born in Scotland, Brown visited the USA in 1871 and wrote a report on the Californian forests, it was soon after this that he was offered the position of Conservator of Forests in South Australia. Not only was South Australia's native habitats put under pressure by commercial cropping but also by pastoral activities, hence there was great concern. Brown had seen similar pressures on the California flora so set about recording the largest & most accurate group of lithographs depicting Australian native plants made in the colonial period. This would serve as a local botanical record, the Botanical Gardens established in 1856 could harvest and store seeds, and local artist, Rose Catherine Fiveash, was taught to depict the samples for classification. They were chromo-lithographed (Printed in colour ink off lithographic Bavarian Limestone blocks) and printed by the Government Printer in Adelaide.

Paper size 55 x 41 cm (22 x 16.4 inch)/image  44.5cm x 34cm (17.8 x 13.6 inch)

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