image ms_109_38
Image number: RS.17986
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Geranium specimen




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

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height (page): 373mm
width (page): 270mm


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Botanical study of a specimen of geranium, with green leaves, showing small purple flowers open and in bud.

Painting 38 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Geranium folio alceae tenuiter laciniato flore pentapetalo purpurascente semine tenui, Boerh. Ind. alt 266'. Not signed.

Described by Herman Boerhaave, Dutch botanist and physician, in his Index alter plantarum quae in horto academico Lugduno-Batavo aluntur (1720). A specimen of this plant was also noted in 'A catalogue of the 50 Plants, from Chelsea Garden, presented to the Royal Society... 1724' by Isaac Rand, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society volume 33, issue 388 (1724), p.306.

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, an index of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers.

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