'Banks' Florilegium', lecture by Joseph Studholme
Lecture | Digby Hall
Sunday 7 April 2013 - 15:00 until 16:00
The lecture 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 and the many specimens they collected were given to the natural history draughtsman, Sydney Parkinson, who made field sketches with copious colour notes. On returning to England, Banks wished 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 events has been organised by a local supporter group to help raise money for the Art Fund.