Attributed to Johanna Helena Herolt

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Attributed to Johanna Helena Herolt
b 1668
Studies of Dame's Violet (Hesperis matronalis plena candida) and Double Stocks (Matthiola incana plena)
Transparent and opaque watercolor, over black chalk, on prepared parchment; selective use of gum arabic glaze.
13 3/8 x 10 3/4 inches (340 x 272 mm)
Gift of Charles Ryskamp in memory of Mrs. John Barry Ryan.
1995.4
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Inscribed on a cartouche on the old mount (now destroyed), "May".
Provenance: 
Richard Day Ltd., London; from whom acquired by Charles Ryskamp, Princeton and New York, 1987.
Bibliography: 

Jane Shoaf Turner, with contributions by Felice Stampfle, Dutch Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, New York, 2006, cat. no. 382.

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The inscription "May" on the old mount of this drawing, which entered the Library with an attribution to Johanna Helena Herolt, suggests that there may once have been a series of 12 depictions corresponding to the Months. Indeed, the "Matthiola incana" or "Brompton double stock" is noted for its early spring flowering.
Formerly attributed to Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717).

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