Georg Dionysius Ehret (German, Heidelberg 1708–1770 London)
Watercolor and gouache, with traces of black chalk on vellum
Sheet: 18 9/16 x 14 13/16 in. (47.2 x 37.6 cm)
Purchase, Brooke Russell Astor Bequest, 2013
Not on view
Born in Heidelberg, Ehret settled in London in 1738 and established a style of botanical drawing that emphasized botanical accuracy. Engravings after his drawings were published in several books and the artist became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1757. This sheet, with its striking placement of the subject against the white ground, beautifully represents the artist's mature style. From Dr. Christoph Joseph Trew, an eminent Nuremberg physician and botanist, Ehret had learned the importance of floral sexual organs, and here carefully described the stamens and pistils of a flowering Pancratium (likely the subspecies Pancratium maritimum or maritime daffodil), a bulb that grows in dry, sandy climates near the shores of the Mediterranean. The stenciled title at lower left suggests that the work was drawn as part of a series.
Artist:Johann Wolfgang Baumgartner (German, Kufstein 1712–1761 Augsburg) Date:early to mid-18th centuryMedium:Brush and grey ink, grey wash, heightened with white bodycolour, over a sketch in graphite; on blue paperAccession:2008.498On view in:Gallery 690
Artist:Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, Haarlem 1628/29–1682 Amsterdam) Date:1650–55Medium:Black chalk; brush and gray wash; gouache; framing lines in pen and brown ink.Accession:1995.196On view in:Not on view
Artist:Johann Elias Ridinger (German, Ulm 1698–1767 Augsburg) Date:ca. 1756Medium:Pen and brown ink, grey wash, over a sketch in graphite or black chalk. Framing line in pen and brown ink (lower and right edge) and graphite (upper edge).
Accession:2008.315On view in:Gallery 690