Peter Brown, Giant Granadilla

Peter Brown, Giant Granadilla

Peter Brown (active about 1758–99)
Giant Granadilla, Passiflora quadrangularis
Between about 1758 and 1799
Gouache on vellum
Museum no. D.2-1893

This drawing is painted on vellum, a material prepared from the skin of animals such as cow or sheep. Vellum’s smooth surface allowed for fine detail and added natural sheen to the leaves and petals. Peter Brown possibly painted these and his other plant subjects in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. His patron, Lord Bute (1713-92), advised Princess Augusta on the development of Kew, and in 1784 Brown became botanical painter to George, Prince of Wales (the future George IV). Brown’s drawings are similar in presentation to those of the renowned botanical artist Georg Dionysius Ehret, under whom he may have studied.

This drawing can be found in Print Room Box DP1.