Georg Dionysius Ehret, page from the book ‘Plantae et Papiliones Rariores’

Georg Dionysius Ehret, page from the book ‘Plantae et Papiliones Rariores’

Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-70)
Abutilon sp., Convolvulus arvensis, Alsine sp. and Iris sp.
Table VIII from 'Plantae et Papiliones Rariores'
Published in London between 1748 and 1759
Hand-coloured etching
Museum no. E.221H-1887

The book Plantae et Paliliones Rariores was a personal venture published, drawn and etched by Ehret himself. An odd hybrid publication, neither a proper scientific treatise nor a florilegium (a type of decorative flower book produced in the 17th century). It illustrated plants that would have been unfamiliar to a general audience at the time and presented species in eccentric ways, sometimes as bouquets or in a style like florilegia in gardens with butterflies. This plate is presented as a pseudo-scientific table showing the various parts of dissected flowers, but it has a trompe-l'oeil style, as if overlaid by botanical prints or drawings.

This print can be found in Print Room Box DP2.