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Image number: RS.9461
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'Malva arborea’

Date

1750

Creator

Elizabeth Blackwell (1707-1758, British), Illustrator

Object type

Library reference

RCN 28651

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 300mm
width (print): 190mm

Subject

Biology
   > Botany

Content object

nature
   > plant
      > flower

Description

Botanical study of the ‘Malva arborea’ (tree mallow). Plate 54 from Herbarium Blackwellianum, vol.1 [Centuria I], by Elizabeth Blackwell (Nuremberg, 1750).

Object history

Elizabeth Blackwell's herbal for apothecaries, including many species recently discovered in the Americas, was first issued in weekly parts in 1730s London. Elizabeth drew the plants from specimens provided by the Chelsea Physic Garden, engraving the copper plates for printing and hand-colouring the printed images. This picture is from the revised and enlarged edition, edited by Christopher Jacob Trew FRS, published in Germany 20 years later.

Associated place

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      > United Kingdom