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Costus speciosus (Costus officinarum, Wild Ginger): PD.117-1973.8

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Costus speciosus (Costus officinarum, Wild Ginger)


Draughtsman: Ehret, Georg Dionysius




Study of terminal portion of stem with flower and leaves, left lower centre detail study of immature flower and calyx. Miller calls the plant Zedoary, formerly much used in medicine. Removed from album and mounted separately.

Measurements and weight

Height: 535 mm
Width: 372 mm

Relative size of this object

37.2 m53.5 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973) by Fairhaven, Henry Rogers Broughton

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Materials used in production

White bodycolour

Components of the work

Support composed of vellum (skin)

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour and bodycolour with white over traces of graphite on vellum

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: COSTUS officinarum. / Dal. pharm. 366. Comm. fl.23
  • Location: Below
  • Method of creation: Ink and watercolour
  • Text: G.D. Ehret. Pinxit
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 61
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Black ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.117-1973.8
Primary reference Number: 31623
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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