This is one of many superb watercolours of Eastern Mediterranean flora by the Austrian artist Ferdinand Bauer. Bauer made initial sketches in pencil, using a colour code system of his own invention, while accompanying his employer, the Oxford naturalist John Sibthorp, on a field trip to the Mediterranean. He later worked them up into watercolours in Oxford. The watercolours formed the basis of engravings eventually published in Flora Graeca, an immensely ambitious, multi-volume project which Sibthorp never lived to see.
An introduction to the stunning Flora Graeca by Dr Stephen Harris, Druce Curator of the Oxford University Herbaria
This Treasure isn’t currently on display in the Weston Library.