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Image number: RS.17994
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Red amaranth specimen




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

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height (page): 370mm
width (page): 265mm


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Botanical study of Amaranthus cruentus, common name red amaranth, referred to here as Amaranthus Sinensis. Depicts green and purple leaves, and feather purple flower panicles. Native to North and Central America.

Painting 46 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Amaranthus Sinensis foliis variis panicula eleganter plumosa, Martyn. Rar. P: Dec. S.' Not signed.

Described by John Martyn in the Historia Plantarum Rariorum (1728-1737).

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.

John Martyn (1699-1768) British botanist was elected a Fellow fo the Royal Society in 1727.

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