He and his brother Franz were probably two of the best of all botanical artists. Engaged by Banks to join Flinders' expedition to Australia 1801-1803 as botanical draughtsman, Bauer also made a large number of collections, including some from Norfolk Island, which was not visited by Brown. Some of these collections may have been attributed to Robert Brown subsequently, but many with Bauer as collector are to be found in W, with duplicates in B, HBG, K. Bauer remained in Australia until 1805.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed., ABRS. [consult for source references]
Botanical artist. In 1801 sailed as botanical & zoological artist on Investigator voyage to Australia with Matthew Flinders & Robert Brown. Spent 8 months on Norfolk Is. (dep. Sydney 21 Aug. 1804, returned 11 Mar. 1805). Visited Philip Is. Oct. 1804.
Collected specimens but not all attributed to him; year 1837 often seen on sheets is clearly wrong.
Returned to England with Brown in 1805, arrived Liverpool 13 Oct., having prepared 1541 illustrations, returned to Vienna 1814.
Specimens mainly in W, a few at B, HBK, K, NSW, PERTH (2).
Commemorated in Bauera, Bauerella, Banksia, Eucalyptus, Grevillea, Prasophyllum, Psittacus (bird)
Source: George, A.S. (2009) Australian Botanist's Companion, Four Gables Press, WA. [consult for source references]