The Australian paintings of Marianne North, 1880–1881: landscapes ‘doomed shortly to disappear’.

Dowe, John Leslie (2020) The Australian paintings of Marianne North, 1880–1881: landscapes ‘doomed shortly to disappear’. Cunninghamia, 20.

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The 80 paintings of Australian flora, fauna and landscapes by English artist Marianne North (1830-1890), completed during her travels in 1880–1881, provide a record of the Australian environment rarely presented by artists at that time. In the words of her mentor Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, director of Kew Gardens, North’s objective was to capture landscapes that were ‘doomed shortly to disappear before the axe and the forest fires, the plough and the flock, or the ever advancing settler or colonist’. In addition to her paintings, North wrote books recollecting her travels, in which she presented her observations and explained the relevance of her paintings, within the principles of a ‘Darwinian vision,’ and inevitable and rapid environmental change. By examining her paintings and writings together, North’s works provide a documented narrative of the state of the Australian environment in the late nineteenthcentury, filtered through the themes of personal botanical discovery, colonial expansion and British imperialism.

Item ID: 66252
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0727-9620
Copyright Information: © 2020 Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. This article is freely available via the publisher's website.
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2021 06:47
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3104 Evolutionary biology > 310411 Plant and fungus systematics and taxonomy @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 50%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences @ 50%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology @ 50%
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