image ms_109_57
Image number: RS.18005
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Ash specimen




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

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height (page): 374mm
width (page): 267mm


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Botanical study of Fraxinus, common name ash, referred to here as Fraxinus florifera botryoides. Depicts a plant with green stem, green leaves and plumes of small white downward-facing flowers. Widespread across much of Europe, Asia, and North America.

Painting 57 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Fraxinus florifera botryoides, Mor. Hort. R. Blaess.' Not signed.

Described by Robert Morison in Hortus Regius Blesensis Auctus (1669). According to Philip Miller's The Gardener's Dictionary (1735), seeds from this tree were brought from Italy by Dr William Sherrard, and raised in England by Dr Robert Uvedale in Enfield. This painting is reproduced, in mirror image, in the Society of Gardeners' Catalogus Plantarum (1730) (plate 9, 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,5284.28. Slight variations to the Royal Society copy. Digital image available on online catalogue.

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