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Lemon and orange; mulberry branch

Watercolour
ca. 1575 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Two sided sheet.
Recto: A whole orange, a halved orange, a whole lemon, and a halved lemon.
Verso: botanical illustration of a Mulberry branch with leaves and berries.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Water-colour and body-colours
Brief Description
Watercolour, a lemon and orange on the recto and a mulberry twig on the verso, a sheet from a series of drawings of English flowers, fruits, etc., Jacques Le Moyne des Morgues, ca. 1575
Physical Description
Two sided sheet.

Recto: A whole orange, a halved orange, a whole lemon, and a halved lemon.

Verso: botanical illustration of a Mulberry branch with leaves and berries.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 24.2cm
  • Estimate width: 26.3cm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of Foreign Paintings, I. Before 1800, C.M. Kauffmann, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1973
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
'39' (Numbered in ink)
Object history
Purchased in 1856 as part of a sketchbook bought for its 16th-century binding. In 1922, De Morgues's signature was discovered and the significance of the watercolours recognised. Following this, the 34 leaves with watercolours were extracted from the volume to be transferred to the Prints and Drawings department (now Museum nos. A.M.3267a – 3267hh-1856). The binding remained in the library (National Art Library, 3267-1856).
Subject depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Lambert, Susan. Drawing: Technique & Purpose. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1981. p.66.
  • Paul Hulton, The Work of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, A Huguenot Artist in France, Florida and England, vol. I, London, 1977, p. 160 The following is the full text of the entry: 22. Recto. Lemon and Orange Fruits Plate 28b Above, Lemon, Citrus limon (L.) Burman f. The skin of the whole fruit is greenish yellow, the flesh of the halved fruit whitish yellow, the skin gold. Below, Seville Orange, Citrus aurantium L. The skin is gold with rather red shading, the flesh pale brownish yellow. Watercolours and bodycolours; 274 x 186 mm; 10 ¾ x 7 ¼ in. Numbered 39. AM.3267W-1856 LITERATURE: Savage (1922), (1923). Verso. Mulberry Plate 28c Mulberry, Morus nigra, L. The upper two fruits are pale red, the lower two purplish red, touched with white. Watercolours and bodycolours. Numbered 40. LITERATURE: Savage (1923).
  • Spencer Savage, ‘The discovery of some of Jacques Le Moyne’s botanical drawings’ in The Gardeners’ Chronicle, 3rd s., vol. LXXI (1922)
  • Spencer Savage, ‘Early botanical painters. No. 3. – Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues’ in The Gardeners’ Chronicle, 3rd s., vol. LXXIII (1923)
  • Gill Saunders, 100 Great Paintings in The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1985, p.46.
  • Paul Hulton, The Work of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, A Huguenot Artist in France, Florida and England, vol. I, London, 1977, p. 156 The following is the full text of the entry: 2. Recto. Daisy and Painted Lady Butterfly Plate 19 b Double Daisy, Bellis perennis L., var. hortensis L. The flowers are pink, deeper towards the yellowish centre. The Painted Lady Butterfly, Vanessa cardui (L.), seen from beneath. The wings are mottled in brown and white, deeper brown on the forward edges, the body is dark grey. Watercolours and bodycolours; 274 x 183 mm; 10 ¾ x 7 ⅛ in. Inscribed above the butterfly, The painted Lady revers’d and numbered 3. AM.3267B-1856. LITERATURE: Savage (1922), (1923). Verso. Species Rose Plate 19 c Rose, Rosa sp. The flowers are pink, paler towards the outer edges, showing yellow stamens. Watercolours touched with bodycolours. Numbered 4. LITERATURE: Savage (1922), (1923) as ‘Rosa sp.’
  • Lambourne, L., Portraits of Plants, London: V&A, 1984.
  • FOR A RECONSTRUCTION OF THE SKETCHBOOK, SEE HERE.
Collection
Accession Number
AM.3267W-1856

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