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Image number: RS.17971
Credit: ©The Royal Society

'Lilio-Narcissus Americanus Belladonna'


mid 18th century


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

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height: 370mm
width: 265mm


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Botanical study of amaryllis belladonna, common name March lily. This plant is native to South Africa. Painting shows pink and white flowering plant showing flowers open and closed, with a brown leafless stem.

Painting 23 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Lilio-Narcissus Americanus Belladonna dictus'. Not signed.

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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