image ms_109_41
Image number: RS.17989
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Starwort specimen




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

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height (page): 370mm
width (page): 270mm


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Botanical study of a specimen of Aster, common name starwort, referred to here as Aster Virginianus pyramidatus. Shown with purple flowers open and in bud, and small green leaves. Native to Europe and Asia.

Painting 41 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Aster Virginianus pyramidatus Hyssopi foliis asperis calycis squamulis foliaceis, act. Phil. n. 395'. Not signed.

A specimen of this plant was noted in 'A catalogue of the fifty Plants, from Chelsea-Garden, presented to the Royal Society... 1725' by Isaac Rand, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society vol 34, issue 395 (1727), p.125

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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