Item #127194 Eucalyptus leucoxylon, var. Macrocarpa (White flowering) [Yellow Gum]. J. E. BROWN, and Harcourt BARRETT, Rosa FIVEASH, attributed.
[BROWN, J.E.] [FIVEASH, Rosa, attributed] and Harcourt BARRETT

Eucalyptus leucoxylon, var. Macrocarpa (White flowering) [Yellow Gum]

Adelaide, E. Spiller, Government Printer, [1880s].

Sheet size 563 × 435 mm, printed surface approximately 470 × 340 mm.

A couple of very faint marks and creases (outside the printed surface); in excellent condition.

An original large-format chromolithograph from John Ednie Brown's 'Forest Flora of South Australia' (1882-1890).

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 #127194

Price (AUD): $200.00