Banks’ Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769

Banks’ Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769

March – 31 July 2021

Ease your travel itch…

With international travel restrictions still in place, the Allport takes you to Tahiti, albeit in 1769, showing you for the first time a selection of stunning Society Islands botanicals from Banks' Florilegium.

The intricate botanical prints and rare journals on display are an enduring record of human survival, courage, curiosity, obsession and creativity.

Banks' Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769 comprises framed botanical prints individually colour-printed in the 1980s, from the 18th century copperplate engravings of Sydney Parkinson's drawings. Parkinson was the artist who drew the fresh plants collected in the Society Islands by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, as part of Captain James Cook's first voyage round the world.

Spend some time taking in the edible, the intoxicating and the medicinal details of the plants; well-known to the island people, but many of them entirely new to European botany at the time.

A beautiful colour catalogue and poster will be available for sale.

Visit the exhibition in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts from 25 March 2021.

Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street
Hobart, Tasmania

Free entry - Open weekdays 9:30 am – 5:00 pm; Saturdays 9:30am – 2:00pm; closed Sundays and public holidays.

Wheelchair accessible

Wi-Fi access

Contact details:

Phone: (03) 61 65 5584
Website: Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts

See our past exhibitions on Flickr