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Sydney Parkinson, botanical draughtsman


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Arched Rock, on the Coast of New Zealand

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Special Collections de Beer Ec/1773/P



London : printed for Stanfield Parkinson, the editor: and sold by Messrs. Richardson and Urquhart; Evans; Hooper; Murray; Leacroft; and Riley


Sydney Parkinson, botanical draughtsman on Cook's first voyage, died before returning to London, and his papers found their way to the library of Joseph Banks. Parkinson's brother, Stanfield, eventually obtained the papers, after a bitter public quarrel and court battle with Banks and Hawkesworth, and put out this magnificent book. Since it went to a second edition, it is likely that Stanfield made some money from the venture, and ultimately ensured that Sydney Parkinson's depictions of Australia and New Zealand became well-known treasures.


Leask, A. J.


A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in his Majesty's ship, the Endeavour. Faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, ... Embellished with views and designs, ...


Parkinson, Sydney, 1745?-1771, “Sydney Parkinson, botanical draughtsman,” | OUR Heritage, accessed August 14, 2022,

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