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Proboscida louisianica (Martinia annua, Common Unicorn Flower or Ram's Horn): PD.117-1973.18

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Proboscida louisianica (Martinia annua, Common Unicorn Flower or Ram's Horn)


Draughtsman: Ehret, Georg Dionysius




Study of terminal portion of stem with leaves and inflorescence. Removed from album and mounted separately.

Measurements and weight

Height: 544 mm
Width: 376 mm

Relative size of this object

37.6 m54.4 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1740

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of vellum (skin)

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour and bodycolour over faint traces of graphite on vellum

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: MARTINIA annua, villosa et vis = / =cosa, folio subrotundo; flore magno rubro. Houst.
  • Location: Below
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: G.D. Ehret Pinxit
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1740
  • Location: Lower right, below the above
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Type: Date
  • Text: 128
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.117-1973.18
Primary reference Number: 31636
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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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