image ms_109_30
Image number: RS.17978
Credit: ©The Royal Society

'Melocactus Mexicanus'

Date

c.1730

Creator

William Sartorius (b.1695, British)

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height: 375mm
length: 270mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > plant

Description

Botanical study of Melocactus Mexicanus, also known as Mexican melon-thistle cactus. This plant is native to Mexico. Painting shows close up of the globe shaped green cactus plant from above, covered with spines.

Painting 30 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Melocactus Mexicanus, spinis creberrimis, corallinis, latis & recurvis Houst.' Also inscribed in different ink 'W Sartorius deli [delineavit - drew]'.

Specimens of this plant were first brought to Britain from Mexico by Dr William Houstoun.

William Sartorius (flourished in the early to mid 17th century), British botanical painter, was not a Fellow of the Royal Society. Sartorius was one of the illustrators of the Historia Plantarum Rariorum (1728-1737) written by John Martyn FRS.

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