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Original drawing for plate XXX in John Lindley's 'Sertum orchidaceum: a wreath of the most beautiful orchidaceous flowers; selected by John Lindley', published in 1838. Illustration shows part monochromatic, part colour study of leaves, roots and flowers. Drawing inscribed by Drake across top edge, 'Thick, fleshy, bright green leaves, veins indistinct - use German blue for the green & a little body colour to give a waxy effect['] Aug 8.1839'. Also inscribed by Drake 'Cuming's...[']'. Several creases on drawing as a result of being poorly mounted. Also inscribed lower left corner in different hand 'Rec'd Sept. 15 1925'. According to Lindley, 'Mr Hugh Cuming, who has been passing some time in the Philippines, and who has investigated the Botany of those rich islands with great zeal and industry, sent the plant now published to Messrs. Loddiges: with whom it flowered in August last'. This date corresponds with Drake's inscription (Lindley's publication was printed as ten fascicles beginning in 1838) The reference to 'German blue' probably means a colour close to Prussian blue, which was used as a dye to colour German military uniforms at the time.

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 654377

Date: 3rd December 2007

Author: Drake, Sarah Anne (1803-1855)

Filename: ILL_Drake_Miss_051202pl_18.jpg

Image Size: 5512 x 8579 Pixels

Filesize is 21.58MB

Version 2 is 11.30MB

Associated Categories: Botanical Art

Associated Categories: Botanical illustrations

Keywords: botanical art, orchid, orchidaceae