image ms_109_54
Image number: RS.18002
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Fir tree specimen

Date

ca.1720s

Creator

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

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

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

Subject

Description

Botanical study of a specimen of Abies, common name fir tree, referred to here as Abies tenuiore. Depicts a branch with scaly brown bark, green needle-like leaves and cones hanging off the ends of branches. Native to North and Central America, Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Painting 54 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Abies tenuiore folio fructu deorsum inflexo, Tourn. 585'. Not signed.

Described in Corollarium Institutionum rei herbariae (1703) by Josephi Pitton Tournefort, p.585.

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.

Associated place

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