image ms_109_20
Image number: RS.17968
Credit: ©The Royal Society

'Amaranthus spica albescente habitiore'

Date

c.1730

Creator

Jacob van Huysum (1682-1745, Dutch), Painter

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height: 370mm
width: 270mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > plant
      > flower

Description

Botanical study of a specimen of amaranthus. Painting shows a stalk of the plant growing upward, with pink and white spiked flowers in bud, and a separate stalk of green leaves with pink tips.

Painting 20 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Amaranthus spica albescente habitiore, Mart. H. R. P.' Not signed.

This plant is described by John Martyn FRS in the Historia Plantarum Rariorum (1728-1737).

Jacob van Huysum (1682-1745), Dutch botanical painter, was not a Fellow of the Royal Society. He produced most of the 50 illustrations for Martyn’s Historia Plantarum Rariorum, and all the drawings for Philip Miller’s Catalogus Plantarum (1730), an index of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers.

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