Botanical Art for Science

Subpagina van Chef’s Special: highlights from the collections

Signs of life

Plant parts of potato Solanum tuberosum L. cv. Alemaria by Antonia Koornneef, 1971 Watercolour and pencil, 20.5 x 29.4cm. This scientific drawing of several stages of growth of a potato was made by Antonia (‘Tonie’ or ‘Tons’) Koornneef (16 May 1919 to 12 December 2012). She worked at the ‘Government Institute for Research on Varieties […]

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Malus ‘John Downie’

Malus ‘John Downie’ This detailed drawing by Elisabeth Riemer-Gerhardt is dated 21 September 1956. Elisabeth Riemer-Gerhardt was born in 1930 in Buitenzorg (former Netherlands East Indies, now Indonesia). She worked in the Biosystematics department of the Agricultural College in the 1950s and 1960s. Besides her work as a botanical illustrator, she also decorated ceramics. Elisabeth

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