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Image number: RS.17970
Credit: ©The Royal Society

'Crassula Portulacae facie repens'




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

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height: 375mm
width: 265mm


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Botanical study of a specimen of crassula ovata, common name jade plant. This plant is native to eastern Africa. Painting shows a cut-off section of a small plant with green leaves and pink flowers, both open and in bud.

Painting 22 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Crassula Portulacae facie repens Hort. Elth. tab. 100.'

A specimen of this plant is pictured in tab. 100 of Hortus Elthamensis (1732) by Johann Jakob Dillenius, which contains descriptions and drawings of plants grown in the Sherard Garden at Eltham, London.

Jacob van Huysum (1682-1745), Dutch botanical painter, was not a Fellow of the Royal Society. He produced most of the 50 illustrations for the Historia Plantarum Rariorum (London: 1728-38) written by John Martyn FRS, and all the drawings for Philip Miller’s Catalogus Plantarum (1730), an index of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers.

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