Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues (about 1533-88)
'Borage, Borago officinalis'
Museum no. AM.3267.k-1856
While some of Le Moyne's drawings are derived from the generalised illustrations of earlier herbals, others show him working directly from nature, including all the imperfections and particularities of individual specimens. For instance, in this study of borage, he not only depicts every tiny hair that covers the plant but also the damage suffered by the lower leaf and the broken stem.
The 59 Le Moyne watercolours in the V&A entered the Museum in 1856, when the institution purchased the album containing them for its exemplary early leather binding. Not until 1922 were the watercolours inside recognised as important works of art in their own right and, what is more, the work of Le Moyne de Morgues. They have since become amongst the most frequently requested works on paper in the Print Room.
This print can be found in Print Room Box DP1.