image ms_109_53
Image number: RS.18001
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Fir tree specimen




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

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height (page): 375mm
width (page): 268mm



Botanical study of a specimen of Abies, common name fir tree, referred to here as Abies taxi folio. Depicts a green-brown branch with long cones and green needle-like leaves, and another cone inset, lying on its side. Native to North and Central America, Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Painting 53 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Abies taxi folio, conis longissimis dependentibus'. Not signed.

This painting is reproduced, in mirror image, in the Society of Gardeners' Catalogus Plantarum (1730) (plate 2, top 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,5284.5. Slight variations to the Royal Society copy. Digital image available on online catalogue.

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