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A Brilliant Touch: Adam Forster's Wildflower Paintings

Author:   Mattingley, Christobel
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9780642277176


Pages:   180
Publication Date:   01 April 2011
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Adam Forster (1848Ė1928) began life as Carl Ludwig August Wiarda in East Friesland (Germany). After serving in the Franco-Prussian War, he spent many years as a businessman in South Africa. From there, he migrated to Sydney, in 1891, changing his name to create a more acceptable identity in the British colony. A few years later, Forster was appointed Registrar of the Pharmaceutical Board, an office he held for over 20 years until his retirement.

However, it is Forsterís passion for the flora of his adopted country that is the focus of A Brilliant Touch. Forster was a skilled, self-taught botanical artist whose goal was to paint one thousand species of Australian wildflowers. To this end, on weekends, he travelled all over the Sydney region and country New South Wales to sketch and collect plant specimens.

The National Library of Australia has over 900 of Forsterís superb watercolours, 90 of which are presented in A Brilliant Touch as full-colour plates. A portfolio of these paintings follows a short biography of Forster by award-winning author Christobel Mattingley.

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Author:   Mattingley, Christobel
ISBN:  

9780642277176


Pages:   180
Publication Date:   01 April 2011
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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"The book features 90 of his [Forster's] superb watercolours, along with Mattingley's biography of Forster... Mattingley is the only Australian nominated for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Award, for her other books that have contributed to children's literature."
"From his [Forster's] 900 drawings of Australian wildflowers the NLA has selected and handsomely displayed 90 items, every one of them an ode to tranquillity."
"This book by Mattingley pays tribute to a remarkably talented man whose journey from Prussion army officer to dedicated Australian wildflower painter was certainly Australia's gain."
This book by Mattingley pays tribute to a remarkably talented man whose journey from Prussion army officer to dedicated Australian wildflower painter was certainly Australia's gain.

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Helen Caples - Launceston Examiner, 2011-12-09 03:31
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This book by Mattingley pays tribute to a remarkably talented man whose journey from Prussion army officer to dedicated Australian wildflower painter was certainly Australia's gain.


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Robert Willson - Canberra Times, 2011-12-09 03:24
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'A Brilliant Touch' is a worthy tribute to a skilled self-taught botanical artist and his legacy of beautiful flower paintings.


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Sydney Morning Herald, 2011-09-01 10:01
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"Let's give the National Library of Australia a huge cheer as it slowly and systematically publishes hidden treasures." - Sydney Morning Herald


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