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Port Jackson Painter ~ Watercolour, c1788 - 1797 ~ There are around 70 Australian species in the genus Banksia – named after Joseph Banks, the eminent naturalist. Banks had sailed to Australia with James Cook on the HMS Endeavour voyage (1770), and brought many plants back to Britain. Notes on the drawing record that it was made in January, and shows the flower at life size.
An epitome of the natural history of the insects of India :.London,Printed for the author by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street; and sold by Messrs, Rivingtons, Str. Paul's Church Yard; White, Fleet Street, Faulder, Bond Street; and H. D. Symonds, Patersonter Row,1800..