image ms_109_39
Image number: RS.17987
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Erythrina specimen

Date

ca.1720s

Creator

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

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height (page): 374mm
width (page): 270mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > plant
      > flower

Description

Botanical study of a species of coral tree Erythrina corallodendron, referred to here as Corallodendron carolinianium. Shown in part, with tubular red flowers open and in bud, and green leaves. Native to the Caribbean.

Painting 39 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Corallodendron Carolinianium floribus spicatis coccineis radice crassissima'. 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, an index of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers.

Associated place

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