First Flowers: Joseph Banks Florilegium
9th October to 11th December 2020
Pannett Art Gallery, Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE
This is a special exhibition undertaken in partnership with the Captain Cook Memorial Museum and forms an opportunity to see more of the magnificent Florilegium prints
What is a florilegium? Who was Joseph Banks? and What can we still learn from a record of plants collected 250 years ago?
The exhibition ‘First Flowers: Joseph Banks’ Florilegium’ features botanical prints from the Captain Cook Memorial Museum’s ‘Banks’ Florilegium’ collection. The prints depict the plants collected for the first time on Cook’s Endeavour voyage around the world (1768-1771) by Joseph Banks, a young botanist with a passion for plants.
The selection of prints covers most of the places where Banks collected, from Tierra del Fuego on the southernmost tip of South America to the Society Islands (now Tahiti), Australia and New Zealand.
As well as showing the skilful and beautiful engravings, the exhibition describes how they were made, the broader context for botanical art in the 18th century and the ongoing value and use of botanical illustration today.
Also on display are artworks by contemporary botanical illustrator Jean Harlow, and a cut paper sculpture by local artist Trish Phillips. Whitby Museum has lent an early botanical book, and the Cook Museum’s community embroidery have created a decorated tent in homage to Banks and his travelling companions, ‘Flora and Thread’.
The Florilegium prints are on loan from the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby which holds a complete set. The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
A trail is available showing which plants from the Cook voyages are grown in Pannett Park
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