Natural Curiosity : Unseen Art of the First Fleet, Paperback / softback Book

Natural Curiosity : Unseen Art of the First Fleet Paperback / softback


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages, colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
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  • Category: Colonial art
  • ISBN: 9781742234090


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