Guyanese Flora (1790-1814), Green Polyp or Hydra, Mushroom Mandrapone (1), Red Coral, White Iris or Jointed Coral and Sea Anemone
Guyanese Flora (1790-1814)
Green Polyp or Hydra, Mushroom Mandrapone (1), Red Coral, White Iris or Jointed Coral and Sea Anemone
Inscribed on bottom: Green Polyp or Hydra, Mushroom Mandrapone (?), Red Coral, White Iris or Jointed Coral Inscribed on top: Sea Anemone
Watercolor and ink on paper
Paper size: 9 3/4 x 14 3/4"
Frame size:13 1/2 x 18 1/2"
The following images are from a series of watercolors and drawings that depict the natural history (flora and fauna) of Guiana, dating to the early 19th-century.
The collection appears to pre-date the expeditions of Sir Robert Hermann Schomburgk, a German-born explorer for Great Britain who executed geographical, ethnological and botanical studies in various parts of the world in the 1830s and 40s. He traveled to South America, the West Indies, the Dominican Republic and Thailand. Fragments of a manuscript text accompanied these unsigned works of art, suggesting an English author with Guyanese subject matter. Important to note, the colonies of Berbice ana the United Colony of Demerara and Essquibo were ceded to Britain in 1814, and unified as British Guiana in 1831.
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