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Hura crepitans L. (Euphorbiacae, Sandbox Tree): PD.117-1973.17

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Hura crepitans L. (Euphorbiacae, Sandbox Tree)


Draughtsman: Ehret, Georg Dionysius




Study of portion of fleshy stem with leaves, purple flower, bud and seed-cone, and lower left to right, separate studies of various stages of growth from blossom to fruit including cross-sections and dissections alphabetically inscribed. Removed from album and mounted separately.

Measurements and weight

Height: 536 mm
Width: 373 mm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1738-11

School or Style


Materials used in production

Gum arabic
Ground (material)

Components of the work

Support composed of vellum (skin)

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour and bodycolour with gum Arabic over graphite outline on vellum

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: HURA; Americana Abutili folio. H.L. / floruit in Horto Chelseyano Mense Novembri 1738. Georgius Dionysius Ehret. observavit / et. delineavit.
  • Location: Below
  • Method of creation: Ink

Inscription present: corresponding to letters 'a' to 'z' from left to right on various studies of the plant

  • Text: a. Julus coni formâ e pediculo suo penens confitis squamulis quarum = / etrema eleganter rubent. / b. Idem longituinaliter dissectus, ut apices appareant. / c. Squama una separata, conspecta per Microscopium. / d. Cuticula reflexa, introrsum cava & situs stami = = num per lentem visus. / e. Stamina vel potius apices naturali = = magnitudine. / f. Eadem exterius visa per = Microscopium. / g. ut interius apparent. / h. Apex oculo nudo visus. / i. Iden per lentem auctus. / k. Stygma cum vagina, Calyx et Pedunculus, in situ naturali. / l. Eademque longitudinaliter dissecta. / m. Stygma a tergo visum. / n. Pedunculus cum Calyce. / o. Germen cum Pistillo. / p. Pedunculus & Calyx, Germine remoto longitudinaliter dissecta. / . q. locus fructificationis. / r. Fructus immaturus horizontaliter dissectus. / s. Idem longitudinaliter dissectus. / t. Fructus maturus.
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: u. Capsula seminalis. / v. Capsulae pars superior. / x. pars inferior. / y. Semen. / z. Idem transversaliter dissectum.
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: 94
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.117-1973.17
Primary reference Number: 31635
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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