'Banks' Florilegium', lecture by Joseph Studholme
- Digby Hall |
- Lecture |
- Sunday, 7 April 2013 - 15:00 until 16:00
Joseph Studholme's lecture is entitled, 'Banks' Florilegium' and is the story of the publication of the plants collected on Captain Cook's first voyage round the world in HMS Endeavour. Banks and his fellow botanist, Daniel Solander, took every opportunity to botanise wherever the ship dropped anchor. The many specimens were given to the natural history draughtsman, Sydney Parkinson, who made field sketches with copious colour notes, while they were still fresh. On returning to England, Banks wishes to create a magnificent volume of these works, in the form of highly detailed engravings but this was never achieved. Joseph Studholme discovered the pristine copper-plates at the British Museum in the 1970s and was determined to publish a first edition, albeit 200 years late. This is his story.
This events has been organised by a local supporter group to help raise money for the Art Fund.