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The Resource A botanical life : Robert David FitzGerald, Penny Olsen

A botanical life : Robert David FitzGerald, Penny Olsen

Label
A botanical life : Robert David FitzGerald
Title
A botanical life
Title remainder
Robert David FitzGerald
Statement of responsibility
Penny Olsen
Title variation
Robert David FitzGerald
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Robert David Fitzgerald was a successful colonial surveyor who had arrived in Australia in 1856 as a young Irish immigrant of 25. He was employed by the Lands Department in New South Wales and, although he was an exemplary public servant, he was also one of the last of the Victorian era gentlemen scientists: an avid naturalist, ornithologist and skilled taxidermist. In 1864, while searching for birds to add to his collection, he was inspired by the discovery of a clump of Rock Lilies (Dendrobium speciosum) to collect a number of other orchid specimens in the area. Over the following years, Fitzgerald devoted his leisure time to botanical illustration and documented the orchids of Australia, publishing his discoveries in his internationally acclaimed work, Australian Orchids. In so doing, he corresponded and engaged with some of the great thinkers of his time, including Ferdinand von Mueller, George Bentham and Charles Darwin. A Botanical Life presents a short biography, followed by a portfolio section of more than 100 stunning full colour images of flowers painted by Robert David Fitzgerald
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
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1949-
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Olsen, Penny
Dewey number
758
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • facsimiles
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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National Library of Australia
Series statement
Portfolio series
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  • FitzGerald, Robert David
  • FitzGerald, Robert David
  • Botanical artists
  • Botanical illustration
  • Botanical illustration
  • Botany in art
  • Surveyors
  • Botany
Label
A botanical life : Robert David FitzGerald, Penny Olsen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000049132333
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
159 p.
Isbn
9780642277718
Isbn Type
(pbk.) :
Other physical details
ill.(chiefly col.), facsims.
Label
A botanical life : Robert David FitzGerald, Penny Olsen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000049132333
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
159 p.
Isbn
9780642277718
Isbn Type
(pbk.) :
Other physical details
ill.(chiefly col.), facsims.

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