Item #127182 Templetonia retusa [Cockies Tongues]. J. E. BROWN, and Harcourt BARRETT, Rosa FIVEASH, attributed.

Templetonia retusa [Cockies Tongues]

Adelaide, H.F. Leader, Government Printer, [1880s].

Sheet size 568 × 450 mm, printed surface approximately 460 × 340 mm.

A few very faint marks; a couple of short tears to the edges (well clear of the printed surface and easily matted out); in excellent condition.

An original large-format chromolithograph from John Ednie Brown's 'Forest Flora of South Australia' (1882-1890), numbered 45 in the bottom right-hand corner of the sheet.

From soon after publication Harcourt Barrett was confronted with a popular conception that Rosa Fiveash was wholly or principally responsible for the plates as published. Eventually, enough became too much ... 'The entire work, as issued from the Government Printing Office, consisted of nine parts, each part containing five plates, making a total of forty-five plates. Of these forty-five plates, Miss Fiveash only supplied thirty-two drawings in watercolour of the centre or main branch only. Miss Camilla Hammond sketched the Banksia Ornata, and Mrs Smart sketched the native cherry, and it was from these sketches that the drawings upon stone were made. The remaining eleven plates and title page, together with all the additional work, consisting of the various woods, barks, seed-vessels, botanical sections, and details of the flowers, were drawn direct upon the stones from photos and natural specimens wholly and solely by me during the time I held the position of Chief Lithographer at the Government Printing Office. And, further, I may state that not only did I make the drawings, which consisted of forty-five outlines and 400 colour-stones, but was held responsible by Mr Brown for their proper reproduction in all their natural colours, a matter in which he was very particular' ('Evening Journal', 23 April 1900).

Item #127182

Price (AUD): $150.00