image ms_109_33
Image number: RS.17981
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Shrubby cinquefoil specimen




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

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height (page): 375mm
width (page): 270 mm


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Botanical study of Dasiphora fruticosa, common name shrubby cinquefoil. This plant is native to the cool temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere, often growing at high altitudes on mountains. Painting shows a yellow flowering plant, with flowers open and in bud, and green leaves.

Painting 33 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Pentaphylliodes fruticosum, Raij. Cat. Ang:'. Not signed.

A specimen of this plant is described by John Ray in Catalogus plantarum Angliae (1677). This painting of the plant is reproduced, in mirror image, in the Society of Gardeners' book Catalogus Plantarum (1730) (plate 14, central figure), which was written by Philip Miller FRS.

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 Miller’s Catalogus Plantarum, an index of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers.

Object history

Repeated in the British Museum collection, SL,5284.47. Slight variations to the Royal Society copy. Digital image available on online catalogue.

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