image ms_109_47
Image number: RS.17995
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Scots pine specimen




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

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height (page): 370mm
width (page): 267mm



Botanical study of Pinus sylvestris, common name Scots pine. Depicts a branch with scaly brown bark, two long pine cones and long sprays of geen needle-like leaves. Native to Europe and Asia.

Painting 47 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Pinus sylvestris C B. Pin'. Not signed.

Described by Swiss botanist Casper Bauhin in his Pinax Theatri Botanici(1623). A variation of this painting is reproduced, in mirror image, in the Society of Gardeners' Catalogus Plantarum (1730) (plate 16, right figure, engraved by by Elisha Kirkall).

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,5284.57. Slight variations to the Royal Society copy. Digital image available on online catalogue.

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