Hibiscus by Parkinson

Sydney Parkinson (1745? - 1771)
Hibiscus Rosa-sinensis, 1769.
Pencil and watercolour on paper, 466 x 282 mm.

At the young age of 22, the artist Sydney Parkinson was given the opportunity of a lifetime when he was asked to join one of the greatest scientific expeditions of all time, Captain Cook's voyage of discovery to the South Pacific (1768-1771).

During two years of the voyage, Parkinson produced hundreds of drawings and sketches of the animals and plants that were discovered. Most were new to science. Parkinson was to pay dearly for this adventure however, as he died from a fever on the return journey and so never received public acclaim for his monumental work.

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