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Gloriosa superba

watercolour and pencil
33.2 × 26.6 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Kew, London, England
inscribed in pencil l.l.-l.r. : Gloriosa superba Coll : Near Livingstone, Zambia, Jan 5, ’96 Graham Young.
inscribed in pencil l.r. : Drawn Jan 6 & 9.
Accession Number
Australian Prints & Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of The Marjory and Alexander Lynch Endowment, Governors, 1996
© Courtesy of the artist
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The Gloriosa superba with its three fiery orange-to-yellow flowers is a splendid rendering of this member of the lily family which is native to Africa. This superbly composed sheet clearly captures the delicate yet tensile character of the plant whose unusual scrambling habit is supported by the curling tips of its leaves, all features clearly displayed in the drawing.