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Title(s):

Cactus ambiguus Nyctocereus serpentinus

Maker:

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

Category:

drawing

Name:

drawing

Date:

1812

School/Style:

French

Technique:

watercolour

Material(s):

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

Technique
Description:

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

Dimension(s):

height, 465, mm
width, 346, mm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1973; Fairhaven, Henry Rogers Broughton

Provenance:

Painted for the Empress Joséphine; by descent in the d' Orléans family (?); the 2nd Lord Fairhaven

Notes:

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.

Inscription(s):

signature; lower left; ink; P.J. Redouté
date; lower left, following the above; ink; 1812
; upper right; gold; 36
; below; gold; Cactus Ambiguus

Exhibition(s):

Documentation:

Scrase, David. 1983. Flowers of Three Centuries; One Hundred Drawings & Watercolours from the Broughton Collection.Washington, D.C.: International Exhibitions Foundationp. 61
Reproduced.

Bonpland, Aimé. 1813. Description des plantes rares cultivées à Malmaison et à Navarre.
Reproduced pl. 36.

Related Object:

PD.122-1973; Botanical drawings

Accession:

Object Number: PD.122-1973.36
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 31856; input: 2001-07-17; modified: 2015-04-01)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/31856





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