Manuscript illuminated address "Presented to His Royal Highness Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward by the Honourable Thomas Holt… in commemoration of a visit to the Monument of Captain Cook Botany. 9th August 1881" Helena SCOTT.
Manuscript illuminated address "Presented to His Royal Highness Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward by the Honourable Thomas Holt… in commemoration of a visit to the Monument of Captain Cook Botany. 9th August 1881".
Manuscript illuminated address "Presented to His Royal Highness Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward by the Honourable Thomas Holt… in commemoration of a visit to the Monument of Captain Cook Botany. 9th August 1881".

Manuscript illuminated presentation address to HRH Prince Albert Victor by the Honourable Thomas Holt MLC… in commemoration of a visit to the Monument of Captain Cook, Botany.
Manuscript illuminated address "Presented to His Royal Highness Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward by the Honourable Thomas Holt… in commemoration of a visit to the Monument of Captain Cook Botany. 9th August 1881".

Sydney: Messrs Hardy, 1881.

Quarto illuminated address 4 pp. on artists' board, hand-drawn and coloured, lettering heightened in gilt, elaborate ornamental borders depicting Australian flora and fauna by Helena Forde (1832-1910), address illuminated by George Relph; preserved in a custom-made quarter leather box.

Illuminated presentation address with fine original watercolours by Helena Scott

A fine illuminated presentation address to HRH Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (then second-in-line to the throne) on the occasion of the young prince's visit to the Cook memorial at Kurnell in 1881. Thomas Holt, prominent politician, pastoralist and benefactor had purchased property at Kurnell, the site of Cook's landing, and had the obelisk erected at his own expense to commemorate Cook's centenary in 1870.

A fine illuminated presentation address to HRH Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (then second-in-line to the throne) on the occasion of the young prince's visit to the Cook memorial at Kurnell in 1881. Thomas Holt, prominent politician, pastoralist and benefactor had purchased property at Kurnell, the site of Cook's landing, and had the obelisk erected at his own expense to commemorate Cook's centenary in 1870.
The elaborate and fine illustrations, drawn and hand-coloured by Helena Forde (1832-1910) depict flora and fauna "indigenous to Botany, New South Wales". The address includes an illuminated list of the illustrations, complete with botanical names. As one of Australia's earliest professional female artists, this beautifully drawn work illustrates both Helena's outstanding artistic competence and deep knowledge of Australia's exotic natural history. "Her patrons included W. J. Macleay, Thomas S Mort, Baron von Mueller, Sir George Macleay and William Macarthur. In 1882 F. E. Holt of Sutherland House, Georges River, 'commended the way in which you have painted the flowers and done the etching in the presents from my father [Hon. Thomas Holt MLC] to the [visiting] Princes [Albert and George]'. " [Kerr, Dictionary of Australian artists].
Helena Forde (nee Scott) and her sister Harriet were the foremost natural science painters in New South Wales from 1850 until 1900. Through prodigious talent, Harriet and her sister Helena became highly skilled artists, natural history illustrators and specimen collectors: all largely a male domain in 19th century Australia. With the guidance of their Hunter Valley neighbour, S. T. Gill, the sisters also became accomplished lithographers.
Helena, whilst still a young woman, on the death of her father and also her husband Edward Forde (in 1866), was forced to seek commissions in an ongoing struggle for her economic survival. During the 19th century Helena and Harriet "executed almost all the art work for scientific literature in New South Wales..." (Australian Museum). Commissions came from the leading families, including Macleay, Macarthur and Mort and the extensive Scott family archives are now held both in the Australian Museum and the State Library of New South Wales. As one of Australia's earliest professional female artists, this beautifully drawn work illustrates both Helena's outstanding artistic competence and deep knowledge of Australia's exotic natural history.
Original paintings by either Helena or Harriet are rarely seen on the market.

Provenance: The Hon. Thomas Holt MLC (a commission to the artist in the early 1880's). In the 20th. century owned by a prominent Hawaiian businessman.

Kerr, Dictionary of Australian Artists, p. 707

Price (AUD): $9,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504960