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Title(s):

Cactus speciosus Epiphillum speciosus

Maker:

Redouté, Pierre Joseph; draughtsman; Flemish, 1759-1840

Category:

drawing

Name:

drawing

Date:

1811

School/Style:

French

Description:

Detail in graphite of cross-section of flower. Removed from album and mounted separately.

Technique:

watercolour

Material(s):

watercolour; medium
bodycolour; medium
graphite; medium
vellum (skin); support

Technique
Description:

watercolour and bodycolour over traces of graphite on vellum, margins ruled in red and gold ink

Dimension(s):

height, 443, mm
width, 306, mm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1973; Fairhaven, Henry Rogers Broughton

Provenance:

Painted for the Empress Joséphine

Notes:

A print after this drawing was published in Bonpland's 'Descriptions de plantes rares cultivées à Malmaison et à Navarre', Paris, 1813, pl. 3. The plant is native to Central America. Humboldt and Bonpland found it in April 1801 near the small village of Turpaco growing from the trunk of old trees 360 metres above sea-level. The specimen at Malmaison, probably grown from seed sent by Humboldt, first flowered in 1811, when Redouté painted it. The detail shows the flower cut lengthwise in half to show the position of the ovaries, petals and stamens.

Inscription(s):

signature; lower left; red ink; P.J. Redouté
date; lower left, following the above; red ink; 1811
; upper right; gold; 3
; below; gold; Cactus Speciosus

Exhibition(s):

Redouté. 1998
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)

Part Of:

PD.122-1973; Botanical drawings

Accession:

Object Number: PD.122-1973.3
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 31726; input: 2001-07-11; modified: 2015-04-01)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/31726





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