Arrival of the Flower Ship
Perhaps the most famous â€œbotanicalâ€ venture in history: by the early 19th century the British ship â€œBountyâ€ sailed from Tahiti to the Caribbean, carrying plants of the bread fruit tree. The planters wanted to use them to feed the slaves working in the fields, but Tahiti amazed the crew, appearing as a shining paradise. They did not want to leave the South Seas and mutinied against the captain. The pink glow of her gladioli sails illuminates all around. The sea surface is strewn with flower petals. The natives use them to approach the ship, greeting her with palm branches.
39" x 31"