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Opuntia: PD.115-1973.38

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


?Opuntia: botanical study visible through backing


Draughtsman: Ehret, Georg Dionysius



Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973) by Broughton, Henry Rogers, Major the Hon.


Production date: AD 1764

School or Style


Materials used in production

White bodycolour
Gum arabic

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper Height 313 mm Width 230 mm

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Graphite with watercolour and gum Arabic and white on laid paper, laid down on album leaf, surrounded by rectangular brown ink line and wash borders

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Opuntia / major validissimis / Spinis / munita. Inst. R.H.
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: G.D. Ehret
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1764
  • Location: Lower right, below the above
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Type: Date

Inscription present: visible through backing

  • Text: Opuntia vurafraviva / minima [?LE] Braum.
  • Location: Verso, lower right
  • Method of creation: Brown ink?

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.115-1973.38
Primary reference Number: 80022
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 November 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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