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Un-named flowering tree or shrub

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 28.6 x 16.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 455


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Flowering tree or shrub, with details of the inflorescence and seed at natural size, against a plain background. The lower half of the sheet contains a view of the whole plant including the roots. It has a slender brown trunk, and the foliage is represented by individual pointed leaves and pink flowers. Above is a detail of a single upright branch with small lanceolate green leaves arranged in pairs, and round pink flowers that are composed of overlaid pink lines creating a spherical appearance, surrounded by yellow anthers. At centre left there is a detail of a seed case with seeds represented by short orange lines. The drawing is annotated in brown ink.


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