Early il­lus­tra­tions

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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