Cactus ambiguus Nyctocereus serpentinus
Redouté, Pierre Joseph; draughtsman; Flemish, 1759-1840
vellum (skin); support
watercolour and bodycolour over graphite on vellum, margins ruled in red and gold ink
height, 465, mm
width, 346, mm
bequeathed; 1973; Fairhaven, Henry Rogers Broughton
Painted for the Empress Joséphine; by descent in the d' Orléans family (?); the 2nd Lord Fairhaven
Native to Mexio. Humboldt and Bonpland found and described a large number of new species of cactus in America, many of which had previously been ignored by most travellers because of the difficulty of picking and drying them. This particular cactus Bonpland describes as having been grown for a long time in our gardens [i.e. Malmaison and Navarre] but had never flowered until June 1811. Redouté was particularly renowned for his drawing of succulents. A print after this drawing was published in Bonpland's 'Descriptions de plantes rares et cultivées à Malmaison et à Navarre', Paris, 1813, pl. 36.
signature; lower left; ink; P.J. Redouté
date; lower left, following the above; ink; 1812
; upper right; gold; 36
; below; gold; Cactus Ambiguus
Scrase, David. 1983. Flowers of Three Centuries; One Hundred Drawings & Watercolours from the Broughton Collection.Washington, D.C.: International Exhibitions Foundationp. 61
Bonpland, Aimé. 1813. Description des plantes rares cultivées à Malmaison et à Navarre.
Reproduced pl. 36.
PD.122-1973; Botanical drawings
Object Number: PD.122-1973.36
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
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