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Image number: RS.17988
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Perennial specimen




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

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


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Botanical study of a tall herbaceous perennial, Vernonia noveboracensis, referred to here as Serratula Noveborascensis maxima. Shown with purple flowers open and in bud, with brown and green leaves. Native to the eastern United States.

Painting 40 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Serratula Noveborascensis maxima, foliis longis serratis Hort. Elth.' Not signed.

A specimen of this plant is pictured in fig. 342 / t. 243 (p.355) of Hortus Elthamensis volume 2 by Johann Jakob Dillenius (1732), which contains descriptions and drawings of plants in the Sherard Garden at Eltham.

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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