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Watercolour - Daphne mezereum with butterfly
  • Daphne mezereum with butterfly
    Ehret, Georg Dionysus, born 1708 - died 1770
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Daphne mezereum with butterfly

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    mid 18th century (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and gouache on vellum

  • Museum number:

    D.599-1886

  • Gallery location:

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

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Ehret was one of the greatest botanical illustrators working in the 18th century. He supplied illustrations for a number of important botanical publications. He was also closely involved in publicising and promoting the binomial system of plant classification that was devised by the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus.

The way that the stems have been grouped, and the inclusion of a butterfly suggest that this watercolour was probably intended as a decorative painting rather than a scientific botanical illustration.

Physical description

Daphne Mezereum, with butterfly by George Dionysus Ehret; watercolour and gouache on vellum;

Place of Origin

England, Great Britain (probably, painted)

Date

mid 18th century (painted)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and gouache on vellum

Descriptive line

Watercolour and gouache on vellum depicting Daphne Mezereum with butterfly by George Dionysus Ehret, France, 18th century.

Subjects depicted

Flower; Butterfly

Categories

Paintings

Collection code

PDP

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