North American and Siberian larch by Ehret

Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770)
North American Larch; Larix laricina (left) ; Siberian Larch; Larix sibirica (right), 1763.

Watercolour on vellum, 473 x 330 mm.

Georg Dionysius Ehret is one of the great names in the history of botanical art with his drawings providing a major contribution to eighteenth century botany. He illustrated strange exotic plants, which had been recently introduced to Europe, from around the world. In particular he drew unusual plants that had been carefully grown and nurtured in the hothouses of wealthy plant enthusiasts.

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