image ms_109_23
Image number: RS.17971
Credit: ©The Royal Society

'Lilio-Narcissus Americanus Belladonna'

Date

mid 18th century

Creator

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

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height: 370mm
width: 265mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > plant
      > flower

Description

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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