Botany Australian Melaluca squarrosa Forest Flora of South Australia c.1882
Eucalyptus squarrosa ( Forest Flora of South Australia ) 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. Fiveash was painting until 80.
Printed at the Government Printer, Adelaide, South Australia, by E.Spiller, issued by subscription 1882-90 for John Edne Brown's Forest Flora of South Australia
Condition: Very good clean chromolithograph with soft corrugation left edge
John Ednie Brown (1848-1899) Born in Scotland, Brown visited the USA in 1871 and wrote a report on the Californian forests. Soon after Brown was offered the position of Conservator of Forests in South Australia. Not only had was South Australia's native habitats put under pressure by commercial cropping but also by pastoral activities. Brown had seen similiar 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 Limestones) and printed by the Government Printer in Adelaide.
Paper Size 55 x 41 (22 x 16.4 inch) / Image Size 44.5 x 34 cm (17.8 x 13.6 inch)