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P1223 Botanical drawing, 'Eugenia ventenatii (Large leaved water gum/ Drooping Myrtle)', watercolour, paper / canvas made by Agard Hagman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1887. Click to enlarge.

Botanical illustration of 'Eugenia ventenatii (Large leaved water gum / Drooping Myrtle)' by Agard Hagman

Made
This is a watercolour of a botanical drawing depicting one of the native plants of Australia, Eugenia ventenatii (the large leaved water gum or Drooping Myrtle), known as a plant food. It is one of 98 watercolours 'drawn from life' by Agard Hagman and commissioned by the Museum between 1886 and 1889. Hagman worked in Sydney between 1885 and 1891. He was actually a civil engineer who arrived in Australia from Sweden in 1885 on board the ship 'Sorata' and returned to Sweden in 1891. The Sands …

Summary

Object No.

P1223

Object Statement

Botanical drawing, 'Eugenia ventenatii (Large leaved water gum/ Drooping Myrtle)', watercolour, paper / canvas made by Agard Hagman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1887

Physical Description

Watercolour painting in scale 3 to 1. The drawing shows a branch with foliage, flowers and seed nuts.

Printed above the illustration 'Timber Food'. Printed underneath 'Scale 3 to 1, Myrataceae / Eugenia Ventenatii, Benth. / Large leaved water gum / Drooping Myrtle, N.S.W. & Q.

Marks

Artist's name in lower left corner, in black 'Ag. Hagman ad nat'
Artist's signature near end of branch, handwritten in black 'Hgn'

Dimensions

Height

995 mm

Width

665 mm

Production

Notes

Agard Hagman was commissioned by the Museum to paint a series of botanical illustrations of economic plants in the 1880s. Hagman was civil engineer who came to Australia from Sweden in 1885 onboard the ship 'Sorata'. He returned to Sweden in 1891. He is registered as working at Tattersall's Chambers, Hunter Street in the Sands Directory, 1888. Hagman provided both engineering and botanical drawings to the Museum.

History

Notes

Economic botany was an important focus in the early years of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Hagman's drawing were used in displays such as the Timber Courts. The drawings accompanied samples of raw and polished Australian timbers alongside jars filled with seeds and leaves, sections through tree trunks and furniture and fittings made from different timbers.

This species is now called 'Waterhousia floribunda' or the Weeping Lilly Pilly.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1887

Acquisition Date

29 November 1887

Cite this Object

Harvard

Botanical illustration of 'Eugenia ventenatii (Large leaved water gum / Drooping Myrtle)' by Agard Hagman 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 June 2022, <https://ma.as/320463>

Wikipedia

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