image ms_109_40
Image number: RS.17988
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Perennial specimen

Date

ca.1730

Creator

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

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

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

Subject

Content object

nature
   > plant
      > flower

Description

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.

Associated place

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