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Author Synnot, Walter, Captain, 1773-1851, author.

Title [Native flowers, bulbs and shrubs of Cape Colony] / painted by Captain W. Synnot

Published [1820-1832?]

Copies

Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail SpC/RB  24E/14    NOT FOR LOAN
Physical description 176 plates, unpaginated : illustrations (color) ; 43 cm
Notes Holograph.
Includes physical specimens inserted between select pages
Title made up by cataloguer from handwritten notes on front cover paste-down.
Plates hand drawn and colored.
Summary SpC/RB copy is a manuscript volume of botanical drawings of flora from Cape Town, South Africa, most probably containing some species unknown at the time, with the following lines handwritten on the front-cover paste-down: "Native flowers, bulbs and shrubs of Cape Colony painted by Capt. Walter Synnot. Many have been introduced into England and Australia since he compiled this book about 1820 to 1832 (some sources suggest 1820-1823)". The drawings follow a traditional botanical format, with the whole plant depicted from root to flower, sometimes with the soil line indicated when it is obviously unusual. The main painting is sometimes accompanied by smaller scientific drawings such as cross-sections through the stem or seed. Most plates have a heading indicating the plant's Linnaean classification. The author of this work was Captain Walter Synnot (1773-1851), an Irish artist and plant collector. The volume is folio size and contains 176 plates of watercolours, each of a flowering plant or shrub, some done to life size. Most plates have a heading indicating the plant's Linnaean classification. Four additional watercolours have been mounted onto linen and tipped in. A single sheet which gives a numbered table of contents is also tipped in at the beginning. The spine has an embossed label, 'Cape Plants and Flowers' above a faded ink version, 'Cape Plants and Flowers by Capt. Walter Synnot'. On the inside front board of the book is Captain Synnot's bookplate and notes regarding its history ( Ref: Dorothea Rowse " Captain Walter Synnot and his book of Cape plants and flowers" University of Melbourne Collections, Issue 8, June 2011, pages: 26-31) The volume includes physical specimens inserted between select pages.
Local Note Walter Synnot was born in 1773 the younger son of Sir Walter Synnot. A man of wealth and position who became County Sheriff of Armagh in 1783. Joseph Wright of Derby's iconic 1781 portrait of the three Synnot children-Marcus, Walter and Maria-is now in the National Gallery of Victoria. As the younger brother, Walter made his career in the British Army. He became an ensign in the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot in 1793 and was promoted to the rank of captain in 1797. The regiment was based at Gibraltar for about two years from 1793 before seeing service in the West Indies and Haiti (Santo Domingo), Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. 7 Walter travelled with the regiment and seems to have painted and sketched as he went, even under the most trying of circumstances. ... In 1836 Walter (then aged about 63), his third wife Mary Jane and eight of the children from his second marriage emigrated, this time to Tasmania. He continued to paint plants and insects. ( Ref: Dorothea Rowse " Captain Walter Synnot and his book of Cape plants and flowers" University of Melbourne Collections, Issue 8, June 2011, pages: 26-31)
Local note SpC/RB copy presented to the University library by M.S. Synnot, Esq. It has the armorial bookplate of Walter Synnot, Esq. (motto: Sine macula). Inscribed " C.F.G. Synnot from his father Robert S.Synnot, M.D,"
Subject Botany -- Pictorial works.
Botany -- South Africa -- Pictorial works.
Botany -- Africa, Southern -- Pictorial works.
Botany -- South Africa -- Cape of Good Hope -- Pictorial works.
Botany -- Specimens.
Botany -- South Africa -- Specimens.
Botany -- Africa, Southern -- Specimens.
Botany -- South Africa -- Cape of Good Hope -- Specimens.
Variant Title Cape plants and flowers.
Local author Synnot, Robert. Inscriber.
Synnot, C. F. G. Former owner.
Synnot, M. S. Former owner.
Local donor Synnot, M. S. Donor.