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Papaya

  • Object:

    Botanical print

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1750 (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.915-1924

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case DP, shelf 112

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

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.

Physical description

Botanical print of a papaya fruit shown whole and halved; behind this a drawing showing the stem of the plant with leaves and yellow flowers, and top right dissections of the flower parts.

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

1750 (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 VII.
Upper right

PAPAYA / fructu oblongo / Melonis effigie / Tournes. Instit. p. 659. Plum. / Cat. Specier. p. 20.
Lower left corner

a. Flos hermaphroditus, b. flos femininus, c. fructus rudimentum / discissum, d. calyx exiguus, e. semen pellicula sua candida ad- / huc inclusum.
Centre right

(Part 1 1750) / (carica)
pencil

[printed image labelled with letters a - e]

Dimensions

Height: 51.2 cm, Width: 35.5 cm

Descriptive line

Papaya (Carica papaya L.); hand-coloured engraving after a drawing by Georg Dionysius Ehret, engraved by Johann Hakob Haid (1704-67); London; 1750; for Christoph Jakob Trew's 'Plantae Selectae' (Nuremberg, 1750-1773); proof of plate vii, part 1

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

Trew, Christoph Jacob. Plantae selectae quarum imagines ad exemplaria naturalia Londini (Nuremberg, 1750-1773), plate 7, issued in part 1 in 1750.
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 1708-70
Papaya (Carica papaya L.)
1750

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

London
Hand-coloured engraving; by Johann Jakob Haid (1704-67)
Proof of plate vii from Christoph Jacob Trew, 'Plantae selectae quarum imagines ad exemplaria naturalia Londini...'
(Nuremberg, 1750-73)
Presented by H. Stuart Thompson
V&A: E.915-1924 [2011]

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Engraving; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Plant; Fruit; Flower; Papaya

Categories

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

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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