Banks’ Florilegium on display

Plate 432, Clianthus puniceus, Banks' Florilegium

Plate 432, Clianthus puniceus, Banks' Florilegium, reproduced courtesy of Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

As part of the Christchurch Festival of Flowers, Macmillan Brown Library has provided a rare opportunity to view Banks’ Florilegium.  This magnificent set of prints  come from the copperplate engravings of plants collected by Joseph Banks on Captain Cook’s Endeavour voyage.  were donated to the  University of Canterbury by the late artist William Sutton and are part of the Macmillan Brown Library collection .

The 2009 Festival of Flowers, in partnership with the Canterbury Museum, will provide a rare opportunity to view a selection of copperplate engravings of plants collected by Joseph Banks on Captain James Cook’s 1769-1771 voyage on the H.M.S. Endeavour. The copperplate engravings, usually held at the Macmillan Brown Library at the University of Canterbury, were gifted to the library by painter William Sutton.

The 20th Anniversary of the Festival of Flowers will be the first time Set 6 of 100 has been publicly exhibited. The exhibition will also feature Landcare Research’s oldest plant samples collected by Banks and Solander during Captain Cook’s first voyage.

Banks’ Florilegium, curated by Melinda Johnston, will provide locals and visitors to the city an opportunity to delve further into the method, botanical accuracy and history of the Florilegium collection in the one-of-a-kind surroundings of the Robert McDougall Gallery at the Canterbury Museum. The Gallery will also be the venue for lectures provided by UC Community Education on a range of topics related to the exhibition.

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