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Background imageIndia Collection: Ficus religiosa Willd. (Peepul, pipal, pipul or bo-tree)

Ficus religiosa Willd. (Peepul, pipal, pipul or bo-tree)
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861

Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, India, 1861
Seedlings of Cinchona succirubra, photographed on arrival in Ootacamund, southern India, 9 April 1861. Collected by Richard Spruce in Ecuador, the plants were received by WIlliam McIvor

Background imageIndia Collection: 818. Red Water Lily of Southern India

818. Red Water Lily of Southern India
This is the Nymphaea Lotus, L. (N. rubra, Roxb.), and was painted at Cochin

Background imageIndia Collection: Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804

Corypha taliera, c 1795 - 1804
Illustration of Corypha taliera, by unknown Indian artist, 1795 - 1804. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh, Kew Collection, c. 1795 - 1804

Background imageIndia Collection: Ficus indica (Banyan tree)

Ficus indica (Banyan tree)
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Nelumbium speciosum, Willd. (Lotus)

Nelumbium speciosum, Willd. (Lotus)
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh

Background imageIndia Collection: 294. The Sacred Lotus or Pudma

294. The Sacred Lotus or Pudma
Nelumbium speciosum, Willd. is the most beautiful and graceful of all the Water Lilies, its leaves and flowers usually rising considerably above the surface of the water;

Background imageIndia Collection: 285. The Great Lily of Nainee Tal, in North India

285. The Great Lily of Nainee Tal, in North India
This fine Lily (Lilium Wallichianurn, R. & S.) grows six or seven feet high, and is here associated with Chirita urticaefolia, Ham. and a species of Begonia

Background imageIndia Collection: 237. Gardening at Nainee Tal, India

237. Gardening at Nainee Tal, India
On the other side of the lake, below the Oak Trees, the Willows (Salix babylonica, L.) are seen that formerly shaded the Temple of a Goddess, now covered by a landslip

Background imageIndia Collection: 228. The Taj Mahal at Agra, North-West India

228. The Taj Mahal at Agra, North-West India
This magnificent mausoleum was built by the Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Arjamand Benu Begum, who died in 1629. The Taj was finished in 1648

Background imageIndia Collection: 241. Tomb of Ali ud Deen and Neem Tree, Delhi

241. Tomb of Ali ud Deen and Neem Tree, Delhi
The Neem tree is Melia Azadirachta, L

Background imageIndia Collection: Oryza sativa, L. (Rice)

Oryza sativa, L. (Rice)
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Urania speciosa, Willd. (Ravenala madagascariensis, Travellers Palm )

Urania speciosa, Willd. (Ravenala madagascariensis, Travellers Palm )
Watercolour on paper, undated (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Cactus indicus, ca 18th century

Cactus indicus, ca 18th century
Watercolour on paper, ca late 18th century. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh. Roxburgh noted in his Flora Indica that this cactus was common around Calcutta

Background imageIndia Collection: Erythrina indica, Willd

Erythrina indica, Willd
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Caesalpinia sappan, Willd

Caesalpinia sappan, Willd
Watercolour on paper. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815). The plant is found in most parts of India and its islands. It flowers during the hot season

Background imageIndia Collection: Citrus acida, R

Citrus acida, R
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Cotton)

Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Cotton)
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh)

Background imageIndia Collection: Nymphaea rubra, R

Nymphaea rubra, R
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh

Background imageIndia Collection: Dillenia speciosa Thunb

Dillenia speciosa Thunb
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh

Background imageIndia Collection: 276. Road up to Nainee Tal, India, in Spring time

276. Road up to Nainee Tal, India, in Spring time
The tree in flower is Ougeinia dalbergioides, Benth

Background imageIndia Collection: 273. Flowers of Darjeeling, India

273. Flowers of Darjeeling, India
Hydrangea altissima, Wall. and yellow Thunbergia lutea, T. And. The large flowers in the circumference of the inflorescence of the Hydrangea are sterile

Background imageIndia Collection: Richard Spruce

Richard Spruce (1817-1893) botanist and plant collector who was commissioned by William Hooker to transfer the cinchona (quinine) industry from South America to India

Background imageIndia Collection: 278. Michelia and Climber of Darjeeling, India

278. Michelia and Climber of Darjeeling, India
The tree is Michelia excelsa, Wall. a lofty congener of the Champak, and the climber is Porana grandiflora, Wall. which is remarkable in its family (Convolvulaceae) for being sweetscented

Background imageIndia Collection: Urania speciosa Willd. (Ravenala madagascariensis, Traveller s

Urania speciosa Willd. (Ravenala madagascariensis, Traveller s
Watercolour on paper, undated (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: 265. Nepalese Temple and Peepul Tree, with Blue Pigeons bathing

265. Nepalese Temple and Peepul Tree, with Blue Pigeons bathing
The Peepul, a kind of fig (Ficus religiosa, Linn.), and the pigeon (Columba livida) are both sacred to the Hindoos. It is the skeleton leaves of the Peepul on which Chinese Buddhists paint flowers

Background imageIndia Collection: 231. Foliage, Flowers, and Fruit of an African Tree painted in I

231. Foliage, Flowers, and Fruit of an African Tree painted in I
This tree (Kigelia pinnata, DO.), inhabits both the east and west sides of tropical Africa, and presents a most singular appearance when in fruit, the pods being sometimes two feet or more in length

Background imageIndia Collection: 262 African Baobab Tree in the Princesss Garden at Tanjore, India

262 African Baobab Tree in the Princesss Garden at Tanjore, India
Adansonia digitata, Linn. the African Baobab, is remarkable for the gigantic proportions of its relatively short trunk, which sometimes, it is recorded

Background imageIndia Collection: Areca catechu, L. (Betelnut, pinang, areca nut)

Areca catechu, L. (Betelnut, pinang, areca nut)
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Asparagus curillis, Buch

Asparagus curillis, Buch
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Dioscorea aculeata, Roxb

Dioscorea aculeata, Roxb
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815).Yam

Background imageIndia Collection: Zingiber officinale, Roscoe (Ginger)

Zingiber officinale, Roscoe (Ginger)
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Jasminum scandens, Willd

Jasminum scandens, Willd
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Plumeria acuminata

Plumeria acuminata
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Lagerstroemia regina, Willd

Lagerstroemia regina, Willd
Watercolour on paper. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815). In his Flora Indica, Roxburgh describes this species as a large timber tree, native of Bengal

Background imageIndia Collection: Eugenia malaccensis, Willd

Eugenia malaccensis, Willd
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th, . early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Butea frondosa, Willd

Butea frondosa, Willd
Watercolour on paper. Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815). In his Flora Indica, Roxburgh describes this species as a rather large tree

Background imageIndia Collection: Adansonia digitata, Willd. (Baobab or Upside-down tree)

Adansonia digitata, Willd. (Baobab or Upside-down tree)
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh (1751-1815)

Background imageIndia Collection: Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Dacca cotton)

Gossypium herbaceum, Willd. (Dacca cotton)
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh

Background imageIndia Collection: Gossypium obtusifolium, R. (Cotton)

Gossypium obtusifolium, R. (Cotton)
Watercolour on paper, no date (late 18th early 19th century). Hand painted copy of an illustration commissioned by William Roxburgh, for his Flora indica

Background imageIndia Collection: 221. Foliage, flowers and fruit of a common Indian forest tree, 1878

221. Foliage, flowers and fruit of a common Indian forest tree, 1878
Foliage, flowers and fruit of a common Indian forest tree (Phanera variegata). Oil on board by Marianne North, 1878

Background imageIndia Collection: Palace of Deeg, Bhurtpore, India, 1878

Palace of Deeg, Bhurtpore, India, 1878
Palace of Deeg, Bhurtpore, India. Artist: Marianne North (1830 -1890)

Background imageIndia Collection: 342. Looking down the Bazaar and Lake of Nynee Tal, Kumaon, Nort

342. Looking down the Bazaar and Lake of Nynee Tal, Kumaon, Nort

Background imageIndia Collection: 323. Mosque of Lahore from the Palace

323. Mosque of Lahore from the Palace

Background imageIndia Collection: 283. Dibee Dhoora Dee, with its Well and Deodar trees, Kumaon, I

283. Dibee Dhoora Dee, with its Well and Deodar trees, Kumaon, I
A place of pilgrimage. Consult 297 and its description for particulars of the Deodar

Background imageIndia Collection: 282. A. Himalayan Oak and Birds, Nainee Tal, India

282. A. Himalayan Oak and Birds, Nainee Tal, India
This oak is Quercus incana, Roxb. and the bird a species of Erythrospiza

Background imageIndia Collection: 268. Temple in a Dell, Binsur, Kumaon, India

268. Temple in a Dell, Binsur, Kumaon, India

Background imageIndia Collection: 253. Wild Flowers of Kumaon, India

253. Wild Flowers of Kumaon, India
On the left a robust species of Habenaria-H. intermedia, D. Don, with the purple Strobilanthes Wallichii, Nees, above; the large lilac flower is Roscoecs alpine, Royle, and the plant over it




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