A. Power (active late 18th and early 19th century)
Hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla
Late 18th or early 19th century
Watercolour on vellum
Museum no. D.1393-1891
This bold illustration of a hydrangea is the work of A. Power, a Maidstone-based artist active around 1800. Very little is known of the artist's life or identity, although his or her work was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1780. Power's work is on vellum and in the style of Georg Dionysus Ehret (1708-70), and it is possible that he or she was one of his many pupils.
The artist has chosen to present the hydrangea in a rather flat and diagrammatic style. It is a competent drawing, and accurately represents the botanical details. But the drawing is slightly stiff and formal, which suggests the work of an amateur rather than a professional artist.
This drawing can be found in Print Room Box DP3.