Dionaea muscipula Ellis fig.8, Venus Flytrap,
Watercolour on paper, 378 x 234 mm.
Born in Casell Hesse in Germany Young accompanied
his parents to America, arriving in Philadelphia
in 1744. Influenced by the success of John Bartram’s
seed trade, Young decided to take up the business
himself and became a plant collector and nurseryman
up until 1785, when he tragically fell to his death
and drowned at Gunpowder Creek, Maryland, while
on a plant hunting expedition.