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Creeping Cereus

  • Object:

    Botanical print

  • Place of origin:

    Nuremberg (printed)

  • Date:

    1752 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ehret, Georg Dionysus, born 1708 - died 1770 (artist)
    Haid, Johann Jakob, born 1704 - died 1767 (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured engraving

  • Credit Line:

    Given by H. Stuart Thompson

  • Museum number:

    E.917-1924

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case DP, box 144

Christoph Jacob Trew's book 'Plantae selectae...' reflects a new trend in lavish, privately funded publications on exotic plants in the eighteenth century. It includes about one hundred of Georg Ehret's finest studies. They range in style from the naturalistic and pictorial to the abstract and diagrammatic.

Georg Dionysius Ehret was an outstandingly successful botanical artist. He had family and professional links with the Chelsea Physic Garden so was well placed to study many exotics and new arrivals.

This cactus is given a scientific presentation with detailed dissections of flower and plant parts.

Physical description

Botanical print of a pink-flowered cactus with trailing fronds, in a blue pot. Arranged across the top are drawings of parts of the plant.

Place of Origin

Nuremberg (printed)

Date

1752 (printed)

Artist/maker

Ehret, Georg Dionysus, born 1708 - died 1770 (artist)
Haid, Johann Jakob, born 1704 - died 1767 (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured engraving

Marks and inscriptions

Tab XXX.
Upper right

CEREVS minimus scandens polygonus spinosissimus, flore purpureo Milleri Ehret Tab. II. fig. 3. / a. flos integer, b. idem per longitudinem dissectus, c.c. ovarium, d.d. calycis segmenta primo pilosa, e. stylus, f. ejus capitulum in magnitudine aucta, g. idem aliuis con- / formationis, h. in magnitudine aucta, i.i. stamina, k. staminis apex in magnitudine aucta, l. caulis crassitudo, m. novus caulis propultalans, n. fructus immaturus, / o. idem maturus, p. transverse dissectus, q. semen, r. idem in magnitudine aucta.
Lower centre

(part 3 1752) Cactus
pencil

[printed image labelled with letters a - r]

Dimensions

Height: 51.2 cm, Width: 35.2 cm

Descriptive line

Creeping Cereus (Disocactus flagelliformis (L.) Barthlott); hand-coloured engraving by Johann Jakob Haid after a drawing by Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-70); 1752; proof of plate XXX, part 3 for 'Plantae Selectae...' by Christoph Jakob Trew (Nuremberg, 1750-1773)

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

Trew, Christoph Jacob. Plantae selectae quarum imagines ad exemplaria naturalia Londini (Nuremberg, 1750-1773), plate 30, issued in part 3 in 1752.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1924, published under the Authority of the Board of Education, London, 1926.

Labels and date

Georg Dionysius Ehret
Creeping Cereus (Disocactus flagelliformis (L.) Barthlott)
1752

Georg Dionysius Ehret was an outstandingly successful botanical artist. He had family and professional links with the Chelsea Physic Garden so was well placed to study many exotics and new arrivals. This cactus is given a scientific presentation with detailed dissections of flower and plant parts.

Nuremberg
Hand-colourerd engraving: by Johann Jakob Haid (1704-67)
Proof of plate xxx from Christoph Jacob Trew, 'Plantae selectae quarum imagines ad exemplaria naturalia Londini...'
(Nuremberg, 1750-73)
Presented by H. Stuart Thompson
V&A: E.917-1924 [2011]

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Engraving; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Cactus (plant); Plant pot

Categories

Printed pages & sheets; Science; Gardens & Gardening; Illustration

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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