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Watercolour - Cereus Cactus
  • Cereus Cactus
    Ehret, Georg Dionysus, born 1708 - died 1770
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Cereus Cactus

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    England (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.601-1886

  • Gallery location:

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

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 plant depicted is 'Queen of the Night', also known as 'Moon Cereus' (Selenicereus grandiflorus). This painting was reproduced in Plantae Selectae (issued in 10 parts between 1750 and 1773) by the German physician and botanist Dr Christoph Jakob Trew (1695-1769) of Nuremburg, Germany.

Physical description

Cereus Cactus by George Dionysus Ehret; watercolour and gouache on vellum;

Place of Origin

England (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 Cereus Cactus by George Dionysus Ehret, 18th century.

Subjects depicted

Cactus (plant)

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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