Captain Cook Museum’s botanical prints on display at Pannett Art Gallery

The Captain Cook Museum will be holding an exhibition of botanical prints at Pannett Art Gallery.

Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 2:45 pm
Work by artist Trish Phillips will be on show at Pannett Art Gallery.

The ‘First Flowers: Joseph Banks’ Florilegium’ exhibition will take place from Friday, October 9 to Friday, December 11.

It will feature beautiful prints showing plants gathered by Joseph Banks on James Cook’s first voyage around the world between 1768 and 1771.

The wealthy young botanist Joseph Banks was accompanied on the voyage by Swedish naturalist Daniel Solander and a young, Scottish botanical illustrator, Sydney Parkinson, to collect and record plants.

By the end of the voyage they had collected around 30,000 specimens and made around 1,000 sketches.

Pannett Art Gallery will be showing a selection of these prints from the Captain Cook Memorial Museum’s collection, as well as a botanical book on loan from Whitby Museum, artworks by botanical illustrator Jean Harlow, and a cut paper sculpture by local artist Trish Phillips.

A spokesman said: “We are delighted to be able to show some of the beautiful prints from our collection and tell the stories of the prints and the plants represented. This is a great chance for people to see the prints first hand and is also a must for anyone with an interest in plants or gardening.”

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