Botanical illustrators from the 1500s to 1900s are the stars of an exhibition at Auckland’s Central City Library.
Flowers, Fruit and Foliage is a free exhibition that explores the golden age of botanical illustration.
The works are from Auckland Libraries’ Sir George Grey Special Collections and the exhibition is on until May 26.
It includes rare illustrations of specimens by Joseph Banks, who accompanied Captain James Cook’s Endeavour voyage. They were not published until 1973.
Visitors can see the work of the foremost botanical illustrators of their day, including Pierre Redoute´, Georg Ehret, Walter Fitch and Martha King. Martha King was New Zealand’s first resident botanical artist. Her illustrations were used to advertise New Zealand in 1845.
Sir George Grey Special Collections librarian and exhibition curator Kate de Courcy says examples of Cyanotype, an early form of photography, as well as albums of flowers and foliage are also showcased.
There are also two online exhibitions.