A valuable early record of Norfolk Island plants: the 1790s watercolours of convict artist John Doody and accompanying notes by William Paterson

  • An album of 50 watercolour illustrations depicting Norfolk Island plants attributed to convict artist John Doody, in the early 1790s, and associated notes apparently written by William Paterson (1755-1810), one-time commander of the military detachment on Norfolk Island, Lieutenant Governor of New South Wales, and amateur botanist, are described and assessed. Illustrated are 48 plant species growing on Norfolk Island at the time, all but three of which are indigenous. The notes and the watercolours represent the only treatment of the island's flora in the 18th century and include descriptive and ecological material for the species at the time of first European occupation. Two of the species are now extinct. Paterson's notes also include an introductory description of the flora and fauna of the Island. The importance of this material to the modern study of the Norfolk Island flora is highlighted.

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Author:Kevin Mills
ISSN:0727- 9620
ISSN:2200 - 405X
Parent Title (English):Cunninghamia : a journal of plant ecology for eastern Australia
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2019
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/10/18
Page Number:15
First Page:75
Last Page:89
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 58 Pflanzen (Botanik) / 580 Pflanzen (Botanik)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia / Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia, Volume 19 (2019)
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht