James Benjamin Chinn 1845 - 1919
Orchid - Dendrobium chrysanthum

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Collection MHS (unaccessioned) Photographs
Photographer Chinn, James
Description A black and white study of a Dendrobium chrysanthum orchid. Information from the internet says it has fragrant yellow flowers with dark red centres [see orchidspecies.com]. The dictionary description says, "Dendrobium. An extensive genus of epiphytic orchids, distributed over the whole of the damp tropical parts of Asia and cultivated in hothouses." A note on the reverse reads: "Dendrobium Crysantheum, Mr. Chinn".

In 1906: "Mr. Chinn is a member of the Marlborough Agricultural and Pastoral Association, takes a keen interest in horticultural matters, and has some fine conservatories and gardens at his private residence in Grove Road." [Source: Cyclopedia of New Zealand Volume 5, 1906, p341]

Found in an envelope with "J. Chinn Photography" written on it in the Museum workroom research shelves on 25 August 2009 by Jenny Pierson.
Object ID 0000.900.0776
Object Name Photograph
Place Grove Road, Blenheim
Title Orchid - Dendrobium chrysanthum
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Last modified on: December 08, 2014