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Image number: RS.18006
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Pellitory specimen




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

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height (page): 373mm
width (page): 266mm


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Botanical study of Parietaria judaica, common name pellitory or pellitory-of-the-wall, referred to here as Parietaria Orientalis. Depicts a plant with a long stem, clusters of green leaves and very small flowers. Native to Europe, central and western Asia and northern Africa.

Painting 58 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.

Inscribed in ink 'Parietaria Orientalis polygoni folio canescente. T. Cor.' Not signed.

Described in Corollarium Institutionum rei herbariae (1703) by Josephi Pitton Tournefort. A specimen of this plant was noted in 'A catalogue of the Fifty Plants from Chelsea Garden, presented to the Royal Society... 1740' by Joseph Miller, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society vol 42, issue 471 (1743), p.622.

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.

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