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    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 365

    Cantonese Artist, circa 1778

    Twelve botanical studies including: Lychee, Litchi Chinensis (illustrated g); Gingko, Gingko Biloba (L.) (illustrated b); Longan, Euphoria Longana (illustrated i); Cotton Rose, Hibiscus Mutabilis (L.) (illustrated c); Cherokee Rose, Rosa Laevigata; Date Plum, Diospyros Lotus (L.) (illustrated j); Chinese Wild Peony, Melastoma Polyanthum (illustrated h); Wauke, Broussonetia Papyrifera (L.) (illustrated a); Cape Jasmine, Gardenia Jasminoides (illustrated d); Chinese Indigo, Polygonum Tinctorium; no common name (from the peach family), Persica Platycarpa (illustrated e); one unidentified plant (illustrated f)

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    Cantonese Artist, circa 1778
    Twelve botanical studies including: Lychee, Litchi Chinensis (illustrated g); Gingko, Gingko Biloba (L.) (illustrated b); Longan, Euphoria Longana (illustrated i); Cotton Rose, Hibiscus Mutabilis (L.) (illustrated c); Cherokee Rose, Rosa Laevigata; Date Plum, Diospyros Lotus (L.) (illustrated j); Chinese Wild Peony, Melastoma Polyanthum (illustrated h); Wauke, Broussonetia Papyrifera (L.) (illustrated a); Cape Jasmine, Gardenia Jasminoides (illustrated d); Chinese Indigo, Polygonum Tinctorium; no common name (from the peach family), Persica Platycarpa (illustrated e); one unidentified plant (illustrated f)
    ten inscribed with Chinese characters, identifying the plant
    pencil and watercolour, one with pen and black ink. heightened with bodycolour, on rice paper
    14¼ x 12 in. (36.2 x 30.5 cm.); and slightly smaller (12)


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    The present watercolours belonged to George Hibbert, an eminent merchant, politician, slave and ship owner, book collector and amateur botanist. According to J.C.L. Loudon's 1835 Encyclopedia of Gardening: 'The collection of heaths, Banksias, and other Cape and Botany Bay plants, in Hibbert's garden, was most extensive, and his flower-garden was one of the best round the metropolis'. According to some contemporary reports it was larger than the garden at Kew. Hibbert had a close relationship with the famous botanist Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) and was able to use his shipping expertise and mercantile networks to assist Banks, and other botanists, with the international transportation of their plant collections.

    Previously bound in a folio with a hand written list of the plants with their Chinese and English names, inscribed at the lower right edge of the sheet 'The above list was made in year 1778'.

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    Provenance

    George Hibbert (1757-1837) and by descent to Katherine Amelia and Elizabeth Margaret Hibbert by 1845.
    Penelope Hobhouse.