Georg Dionysius Ehret

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Georg Dionysius Ehret
Drawings of ferns, flowers, and fungi
Watercolor on vellum.
Drawings: various dimensions; smallest, 6 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches (170 x 145 mm); largest, 11 1/16 x 7 inches (280 x 178 mm)

Drawings are variously signed and dated 1757 to 1769 in pen and black or brown ink and inscribed with botanical names.

Margaret Cavendish Harley Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, Bulstrode, England; her sale, London, Portland Museum, Skinner, 24 April 1786 ff. (to Walker); Mrs. Elizabeth Walker; by descent to John Walker Ford; H. P. Kraus, New York.

Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Nineteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978-1980. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1981, p. 187-188.


Part of 108 drawings of ferns, flowers, and fungi by Ehret and others; seventy-three by Ehret (1978.8:1-73); fourteen by James Bolton (1978.9:1-14); ten possibly by William Lewin (1978.10:1-10); two by R. Alves Rebello (1978.11:1-2); one by Lady Frances Howard (1978.12); one by Ann Lee (1978.13); seven by anonymous draftsmen (1978.14:1-7).
The group was originally assembled by Ehret's patron, Margaret Cavendish Harley Bentinck (1715-1785), Duchess of Portland, wife of William, 2nd Duke of Portland.
Each drawing cataloged separately.
Drawings are matted and housed in three boxes. Items removed from this album are in Ehret boxes 1 and 2.

Associated names: 

Portland, Margaret Cavendish Holles Harley Bentinck, Duchess of, 1715-1785, former owner.
Walker, Elizabeth, former owner.
Ford, John Walker, former owner.
Kraus, Hans Peter, 1907-1988, former owner.