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Horn plantain; whole banana and a top half sliced through
Watercolour over graphite
- Production date
Height: 294 millimetres
Width: 177 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For an introduction to this group of drawings by John White and a list of abbreviations used in the Literature at the end, see curatorial comment for 1906,0509.1.1, the title page inscription to the album.
The following text is taken from K. Sloan, 'A New World: England's First View of America' (London, BM Publications, 2006), no.40, pp.176-7:
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'Musa paradisiaca' Linn. (see also 1906,0509.1.39)
This drawing is probably life-size but the colour has been altered by the water damage to the sheet which caused the sizing of the paper to pool and to cast the sheet with an overall light brown tone. The version in the Sloane volume is a deeper yellow and more strongly shaded. Although at first it appears a much better and more three-dimensional drawing, in fact the artist has not understood the foreshortening of the cut fruit and has drawn a full circle to show the inside rather than White’s ellipse.
There is another version in the Sloane album (SL,5270.25)
There is an 18th-century version commissioned by Sloane in the British Library Add MS 5289,160
Lit.: LB 1(41); Quinn, p. 408; ECM 13; PH&DBQ 13(a); PH 13
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1958 Apr, BM, Eight centuries of landscape ... water-colours, case 41
2007 Mar-Jun, BM, 'A New World:...', no.40
2007/8 Oct-Jan, Raleigh, North Carolina Mus of History, 'A New World:...'
2008 Mar-Jun, New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, 'A New World:...'
2008 Jul-Oct, Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, 'A New World:...'
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The provenance given above refers to the moment when the album of drawings connected with John White was purchased by the Department of Manuscripts in what is now the British Library. The album was transferred to the Department of Prints and Drawings in 1906, where it was assigned new register numbers.
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