Still Life of Flowers
Still Life of Flowers

JACOBUS VAN HUYSUM (c.1687-1740)

Still Life of Flowers

c. 1687 to 1740 Netherlands

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STILL LIFE OF FLOWERS IN AN URN WITH A BIRD AND A BIRDS NEST IN A PARKLAND SETTING

JACOBUS VAN HUYSUM

C.1687 - 1740 Signed
Oil on canvas 32 x 45 ½ inches
Framed size 43 ½ x 58 inches

Jacob van Huysum was born in Amsterdam c.1687 and was an 18th century botanical painter from the Northern Netherlands. Both his father Justus van Huysum (1659–1716), and his brother Jan van Huysum (1682–1749), were celebrated flower painters. His manner of painting was very like that of his brother. His approach to botanical illustration, while preserving botanical accuracy, captured a more painterly aspect of his subject. This contrasts with the meticulously exact mode of Georg Dionysius Ehret, his contemporary colleague. His paintings were set out in the same format, with a landscape background of usual merit which takes the eye away to the distance.
Jacob arrived in England in about 1721, and for a while lived in the house of his patron, Mr. Lockyear of South Sea House. Later he enjoyed the patronage of Sir Robert Walpole, who befriended him, and commissioned him to paint decorative works for his house at Houghton in Norfolk. More importantly he produced most of the 50 illustrations for John Martyn's Historia Plantarum Rariorum (London: 1728-38), and all the drawings for Catalogus Plantarum, an index of trees, shrubs, plants and flowers (London: 1730). His pupil was Louis Fabritius Dubourg.
Historia Plantarum Rariorum depicted plants from the Chelsea Physic Garden and the Cambridge Botanic Garden. These plants had come from the Cape of Good Hope, North America, the West Indies, and Mexico. Elisha Kirkall produced the mezzotint engravings. Each plate was dedicated to a patron and showed an engraved coat-of-arms or monogram. Besides van Huysum, other artists were William Houstoun, Massey, G. Sartorys, and R. Sartorius. The work was published in five parts of ten plates each between 1728 and 1737, and was sold by subscription. The venture was not a financial success and publication ceased in 1737.
Jacob van Huysum died in London in 1740.
Bibl: European Flower Painters – Peter Mitchell
Dimensions
Height 32.00 inch (81.28 cm)
Width 45.50 inch (115.57 cm)
External Height 43.50 inch (110.49 cm)
External Width 58.00 inch (147.32 cm)
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N70102
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