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P1349 Botanical drawing, 'Eucalyptus saligna (Blue Gum)', watercolour, paper / canvas, made by Agard Hagman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888. Click to enlarge.

Botanical illustration of 'Eucalyptus saligna (Blue Gum)' by Agard Hagman

Made
This is a watercolour of a botanical drawing depicting one of the native plants of Australia, Eucalyptus saligna (Blue Gum). 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 Sydney Directory notes him working at Tattersall's Chambers, …

Summary

Object No.

P1349

Object Statement

Botanical drawing, 'Eucalyptus saligna (Blue Gum)', watercolour, paper / canvas, made by Agard Hagman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888

Physical Description

Watercolour, botanical drawing, 'Eucalyptus saligna (Blue Gum)', paper / canvas, painted by Agard Hagman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888

Dimensions

Height

993 mm

Width

660 mm

Production

Notes

This work was commissioned by the Museum in 1887 and is the work of civil engineer Agard Hagman. It is water colour and gouache on paper and were most likely produced in a similar fashion to his works displayed in the Colonial International Exhibition in Melbourne, 1888. A note in the New South Wales Catalogue from this exhibition stated that: 'Each drawing is 3 ft. 3 in by 2 ft 2 in. and is framed and glazed. Scale, three times natural size. In each case the fullest information (in large bold type) is affixed to the drawings themselves. In all cases the drawings have been made from fresh flowering or fruiting specimens, under the immediate supervision of the Curator (then Joseph Henry Maiden), who certifies to their botanical correctness'

History

Notes

Agard Hagman was a civil engineer who arrived in Australia from Sweden in 1885 on board the ship 'Sorata' and returned to Sweden in 1891. The Sands Sydney Directory notes him working at Tattersall's Chambers, in Hunter Street in 1888. Hagman worked in Sydney between 1885 and 1891. He was commissioned by the Museum to paint a series of botanical illustrations of economic plants in the 1880s and also appears to have produced engineering drawings for the Museum whilst he was in Sydney. His botanical illustrations were displayed at the Colonial International Exhibition, Melbourne, 1888.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1888

Acquisition Date

28 August 1888

Cite this Object

Harvard

Botanical illustration of 'Eucalyptus saligna (Blue Gum)' by Agard Hagman 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 September 2021, <https://ma.as/320605>

Wikipedia

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