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Watercolour - Perroquet Rouge
  • Perroquet Rouge
    Ehret, Georg Dionysus, born 1708 - died 1770
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Perroquet Rouge

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1744 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ehret, Georg Dionysus, born 1708 - died 1770 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum

  • Museum number:

    D.582-1886

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case DP, shelf 2, box A

This was one of the 44 illustrations Ehret contributed to Hortus Nitidissimus (1750-92), a publication devoted to garden plants by the German physician and botanist Dr Christoph Jakob Trew (1695-1769) of Nuremburg. This was essentially a florilegium celebrating the beauties of flowering plants, and without any higher scientific purpose, as the subtitle asserts: 'The flower-garden in finest bloom throughout the year, or pictures of the most beautiful flowers.' This would explain the peculiarly exaggerated decorative character of the portrait, with its stylized rococo sinuosity.

Physical description

Peroquet Rouge; Parrot Tulip by George Dionysius Ehret; watercolour and bodycolour on vellum

Place of Origin

England (probably, painted)

Date

ca. 1744 (painted)

Artist/maker

Ehret, Georg Dionysus, born 1708 - died 1770 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum

Marks and inscriptions

Perroquet rouge
Written in ink

G.G. Ehret pinxit. 1744
Written in ink in bottom righthand corner

Descriptive line

Parrot Tulip (Tulipa gesneriana) or Perroquet rouge by George Dionysius Ehret (1708-70); watercolour and bodycolour on vellum; 1744; England

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Picturing Plants: an analytical history of botanical illustration' by Gill Saunders; 1995; Zwemmer in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum; no.39, page 59
'Picturing Plants: an analytical history of botanical illustration' by Gill Saunders; 2009; KWS Publishers in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum; no.39, page 59

Labels and date

Georg Dionysius Ehret 1708-70
Parrot Tulip (Tulipa gesneriana)
1744

Ehret began life as a gardener, drawing plants in his spare time. This was one of the 44 illustrations he contributed to 'Hortus nitidissimus', a work by his Nuremberg patron Dr Christoph Jacob Trew. As a florilegium, the book celebrated the beauties of flowering plants, without any higher scientific purpose, which may explain the exaggerated decorative quality of the portrait.

England
Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum
V&A: D.582-1886 []

Materials

Vellum; Watercolour; Bodycolour

Subjects depicted

Flower; Tulip

Categories

Paintings; Gardens & Gardening

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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