image catesbyrs vol280
Image number: RS.18824
Credit: ©The Royal Society,

Umbrella magnolia

Date

1731

Creator

Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

18894

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > plant
      > flower
nature
   > plant
      > fruit

Description

Botanical study of an umbrella magnolia specimen, Magnolia tripetala, referred to here as Magnolia, amplissimo flore albo, showing leaf, flower and immature fruit details.

Written in the associated description: 'the Leaves are usually thirty Inches in Length, and about five broad at the widest Part, they grow in horizontal Circles, representing somewhat the Appearance of an Umbrella. From the middle of one of these Circles of Leaves rises the Flower, which is white'.

Plate 80 from volume II of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731).

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘New World’. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized colour plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.

Associated place

<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas