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
- Publication Date: 30/03/2014
- Category: Colonial art
- ISBN: 9781742234090