'Vitis Idoea Caroliniana' Jacob van Huysum
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'Vitis Idoea Caroliniana'
Botanical study of Vitis Idoea Caroliniana, common name St Peter's wort shrub. This plant is native to North America. Painting shows a long brown stalk of the plant, with green leaves, and small red berries.
Painting 25 from MS/109, a collection of botanical paintings by Jacob van Huysum and William Sartorius.
Inscribed 'Vitis Idoea Caroliniana foliis subrotundis oppositis floribus minimis herbaceis fructu parvo rubro'. Not signed.
This painting is reproduced in the Society of Gardeners' book Catalogus Plantarum (1730) (plate 20, central figure). The book was written by Philip Miller FRS, Foreman of Chelsea Physic Garden, where this plant was likely cultivated.
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 Miller’s Catalogus Plantarum, an index of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers.
- Image reference: RS-17973
- ©The Royal Society
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