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Natural Curiosity: Unseen Art of the First Fleet (Paperback)
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Natural Curiosity: Unseen Art of the First Fleet (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 30/03/2014
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Parrots and lorikeets swoop down, vivid, bright and colourful. Black swans glide through the air. Owls stare out from pages, wide-eyed.

A sense of awe swept through natural history circles in eighteenth-century London when the first ships returned from Sydney with their cargo of exotic animals, birds and plants - and striking watercolour illustrations.

The sudden emergence, in 2011, of a large number of these watercolour illustrations has revealed much about the early years of the colony. In Natural Curiosity, Louise Anemaat uncovers never-before-published works from the artists of the First Fleet, including convicts-turned-watercolourists Thomas Watling and John Doody, and the anonymous 'Port Jackson Painter'. She unravels the complex network of natural history collectors who spanned the globe - eagerly acquiring, copying and exchanging these artworks - from New South Wales Surgeon-General John White to passionate British collector Aylmer Bourke Lambert.

Publisher: UNSW Press
ISBN: 9781742234090
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 1179 g
Dimensions: 280 x 230 x 20 mm

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