Thursday, 23 April 2009

Doryanthes excelsa 1810

J W Lewin (England; Australia, b.1770, d.1819) 1810
Watercolour pencil, watercolour on cream laid paper 53.8 x 43.1cm borderlines; 54.1x 43.6cm sheet; 68.0 x 57.5 x 4.0cm frame
At least three other studies of the Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa) by Lewin are known - two in the Mitchell Library (State Library of NSW) and another offered at auction by Christie's, London 26 September 2002 (67).
Drawing from life? J. W. Lewin's The gigantic lyllie of New South Wales
Melbourne Journal of Technical Studies in Art , Annual, 2005 by Paula Dredge

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