Samuel Holden, Showy Banksia

Samuel Holden, Showy Banksia

Samuel Holden (active 1830–50)
Showy Banksia, Banksia speciosa
1838
Watercolour
Museum no. 8377.9

Samuel Holden seems to have specialised in the illustration of orchids and newly discovered exotic species. Holden painted many such plants in private collections, sometimes annotating his drawings with the location of his specimen. The plant shown here is a particular variety of banksia, a species of large shrub or small tree, which was first brought to Britain as a dried specimen in 1805 by Robert Brown, author of the definitive flora of Botany Bay.

This drawing can be found in Print Room Box DP1.