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James Sowerby was a natural historian, artist and engraver, who collaborated with James Smith (1759–1828), one of the first botanists to work on the plant specimens sent back to England from the new colony. Together, in 1793, they produced the first scientific publication of Australian flora, A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland. Sowerby’s plates were renowned for their simplicity and botanical accuracy.