When the famed botanist Joseph Banks was a young man, he accompanied Captain James Cook, the legendary explorer, on Cook's first circumnavigational voyage. Banks, working with another botanist named Carl Daniel Solander, gathered more then 700 unknown plant species, which were subsequently drawn by Sydney Parkinson. Unfortunately, Banks' goal of publishing these sketches was not realized until almost 200 years after they were produced. This fascinating documentary, narrated by Robert Hughes, is the audiovisual fruition of Banks' dream--a unique and beautiful film which Banks would never have imagined those centuries ago.
Description by Image Entertainment:
A rich mixture of art, history, science and exploration, this film traces the first voyages of Joseph Banks, who, as a young botanist, accompanied Captain James Cook on his first journey of circumnavigation. With fellow botanist Carl Daniel Solander, he collected over seven hundred unknown species of plants, which were recorded in drawings by Sydney Parkinson. Banks' intention to publish a complete set of engravings of these plants was not realized in his lifetime, and it was not until two hundred years later, with the largest direct printing project ever undertaken in the history of the Fine Arts, that Joseph Banks' "Florilegium" came to fruition.
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