European larch specimen Jacob van Huysum
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European larch specimen
Botanical study of Larix decidua, common name European larch tree, referred to here as Larix folio deciduo. Depicts a branch with pink flowers open and in bud, and a section of branch with a brown cone and spray of needle-like green leaves inset. Native to the mountains of central Europe, in the Alps and Carpathian Mountains as well as the Pyrenees.
Painting 52 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.
Inscribed in ink 'Larix folio deciduo, conifera J. B.' Not signed.
Described by Swiss botanist Johann Bauhin in his Historia plantarum universalis (1650-51). This painting is reproduced, in mirror image, in the Society of Gardeners' Catalogus Plantarum (1730) (plate 11, left figure).
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.
- Image reference: RS-18000
- ©The Royal Society
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