image ms_109_45
Image number: RS.17993
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Mulberry specimen




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

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height (page): 373mm
width (page): 264mm


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Botanical study of a specimen of Morus nigra, common name black mulberry, referred to here as Morus virginiana. Depicts a large green leaf attached to a detached section of branch, with a red berry inset.

Painting 45 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Morus Virginiana foliis latissimis scabris fructu rubro longiori.' Not signed.

American mulberry was transported to England in 1629, described in John Parkinson's Paradisi in sole paradisus terrestris, or A garden of all sorts of pleasant flowers (1629), and first listed as 'Morus Virginiana' by John Tradescant in 1634. It is also described in the Society of Gardeners' Catalogus Plantarum (1730), contemporary to this painting.

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.

Object history

Repeated in the British Museum collection, SL,5284.100. Slight variations to the Royal Society copy. Digital image available on online catalogue.

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