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Title(s):

Acacia currifolia Acacia mearnsee

Maker:

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

Category:

drawing

Name:

drawing

Date:

1813

School/Style:

French

Description:

Detail studies in graphite of flower and seeds, numbered.

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, 461, mm
width, 359, mm

Acquisition:

bequeathed; 1973; Fairhaven, Henry Rogers Broughton, Second Lord

Provenance:

Painted for the Empress Joséphine

Notes:

Bonpland thought this had come from seed which he and Humboldt had brought back from Mexico (apparently also found in Australia). There was only one specimen at Malmaison, sown in 1806, which first flowered in a glass-house in August 1811. He wrote that it continued to flower but did not set fruit. The details show: 1, whole flower, life-size; 2, the same, enlarged; 3, petal; 4, pistil. A print after this drawing was published in Bonpland's 'Descriptions de plantes rares et cultivées à Malmaison et à Navarre', Paris, 1813, pl. 40.

Inscription(s):

signature; lower left; ink; P.J. Redouté
date; lower left, following the above; ink; 1813
; upper right; gold; 40
; below; gold; Acacia Currifolia

Exhibition(s):

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

Related Object:

PD.122-1973; Botanical drawings

Accession:

Object Number: PD.122-1973.40
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 31860; input: 2001-07-17; modified: 2003-07-29)

(Picture Cabinet reference : 703902)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/31860





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