Simon Verelst, 'Tulips

Simon Verelst, 'Tulips

Simon Verelst (1644-1721)
'Tulips, Tulipa sp.'
Watercolour
Museum no. 263-1876

Botanical illustration and flower painting are quite separate occupations: the former concerned with the accurate depiction of plants for the purposes of identification and record, the latter dedicated to the beauty of the passing bloom.

Simon Verelst, who came to Britain from Holland in 1669, made his living from the latter. He was especially given to painting impossible bouquets made up of flowers from different seasons. These tulips were probably intended for inclusion in a later painting, where they could be placed together with the roses, peonies and carnations still yet to bloom.

 

This print can be found in Print Room Box DP1.