image ms_109_50
Image number: RS.17998
Credit: ©The Royal Society

American pine specimen




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

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



Botanical study of a specimen of American pine, Picea rubens, referred to here as Pinus Americana. Depicts a branch with scaly brown bark, a large bunch of brown pine cones and long sprays of green needle-like leaves. Native to North America.

Painting 50 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Pinus Americana foliis praelongis subinde ternis conis plurimis confertim nascentibus'. Not signed.

This painting is reproduced, in mirror image, in the Society of Gardeners' Catalogus Plantarum (1730) (plate 16, left figure, engraved 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,5284.55. Slight variations to the Royal Society copy. Digital image available on online catalogue.

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