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Un-named flowering tree or shrub

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 32.8 x 21 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 464


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Tree, with detail of flowering branch drawn to natural size, against a plain background. The lower half of the drawing contains a view of the whole tree, standing on a green base. The trunk is slender and pale brown to ochre, and the foliage is represented in clumps with a green wash overlaid with dark green horizontal lines, and pale yellow and grey dots. Above is a detail of a flowering branch. It has a brown stem, green lanceolate leaves with one darker surface and one paler, both overlaid with darker venation, and cream, pendulous bell-like flowers with separated petals and black stamens visible between them. At centre left there is a detail of the stamens with black filaments and yellow anthers. The drawing is annotated in brown ink.


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  • Port Jackson Painter]
  • The drawing is inscribed in blue pencil at top right with the number "399", which refers to the pre-1984 numbering system for the Watling Collection.
  • The drawing is annotated in black ink at centre left alongside the detail of a branch "Natural size", beneath a detail of stamens "Natl size", and at bottom "This tree is found near the sea shore about Eighteen or twenty feet in heigth Blossoms in December".
  • The drawing is unsigned and undated.
  • The author of this catalogue record is Suzanne Stenning.
  • By permission of the trustees of the Natural History Museum (London)
  • Two sets of transparencies held in the Natural History Museum (London) Zoology Library and Picture Library: Picture Library reference number 12464
  • James Lee of Kensington : purchased ; 1902
  • Data sheet available