Georg Dionysius Ehret

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Georg Dionysius Ehret
1708-1770
Mesembryanthemum acaule
1762
Watercolor on parchment.
9 15/16 x 6 5/8 inches (253 x 179 mm)
Purchase.
1978.8:5
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Signed and dated in pen and ink at lower right: G.D. Ehret. pinxit 1762.
Inscribed in pen and ink at lower center: MESEMBRYANTHEMUM acaule, foliis lingui formibus / altero margine crassioribus impunetatis. Linn.

Provenance: 
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.
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One of 73 drawings of ferns, flowers, and fungi by Ehret (1978.8:1-73).

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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.

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