Artist Unknown, Passionflower

Artist Unknown, Passionflower

Artist Unknown
Passionflower, Passiflora incarnata
Late 18th or early 19th century
Watercolour
Museum no. 7890-21

This drawing shows a passionflower, so named because of its association with Christ’s crown of thorns. From the inscriptions we know that it was presented to the Horticultural Society of London (later the Royal Horticultural Society) by Baron Joseph Franz von Jacquin (1766-1839) in 1822. In the inscription Joseph Franz comments that it is a better illustration than the 'old one’ published in 'Icones Plant. Rarior'. This presumably refers to Nikolaus Joseph Jacquin's work Icones Plantarum Rariorum ('Pictures of Rare Plants'), which was published in Vienna between 1781 and 1793. Nicholaus Jacquin was created a baron in 1806, but died in 1817. His botanical projects were continued by his son, Joseph, who probably presented this drawing.

This drawing can be found in Print Room Box DP2