Scholar Talk: Natural curiosity: Unseen art of the First Fleet
With Louise Anemaat
The emergence of over 700 natural history drawings from a private aristocratic library, closely linked to the First, Second and Third Fleets, prompted new, detailed art historical analysis of the traditions of botanical art production and its convention of copying and trans-Pacific dissemination. The drawings are evidence of the fascination Europe felt for the natural world in Australia and of the responses to a startlingly new and unfamiliar environment. They were the means by which knowledge about Australia found its way into books and museums and from there, into European consciousness.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be limited capacity for onsite tickets at the Metcalfe Auditorium.
Louise Anemaat is the Executive Director, Library & Information Services and Dixson Librarian. She has published and lectured widely on the Library’s collections, and has worked closely with the acquisition, processing and curation of the manuscript and pictures collections over many years. She is the author of Natural Curiosity: Unseen Art of the First Fleet (NewSouth Publishing, 2014).