Parrot Tulip

Parrot Tulip

Parrot Tulip
Georg Dionysus Ehret (1708-1770)
Germany
About 1750-70
Watercolour and gouache on vellum
Museum no. D.582-1886

This drawing was made as an illustration for Hortus Nitidissimus, a botanical book celebrating the beauty of garden plants. Thus it was reproduced in some considerable number. The somewhat anachronistic use of vellum contributes to the sense of the value of the original drawing as a luxury item.