Commicarpus pedunculosus (Nyctaginaceae)

Hugo Haig-Thomas (1947 - )

Watercolour on paper

1977-1979

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection

    This drawing is part of forty illustrations produced by Hugo Haig-Thomas for J. I. Wood’s A Handbook of the Yemen Flora, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in 1997. Haig-Thomas drew these, from life, during his post as a diplomat in Yemen. None of these specimens had ever been illustrated before, and the majority are unknown outside of southwest Arabia. They contribute a vital visual component to Wood’s account of the plants occurring in North Yemen, the former Yemen Arab Republic before its union with the south. Selected amongst the 1750 species of fern and flowering plants, which grow in this region, they offer a window onto the country with the highest rainfall and most varied landscapes in the Arabian Peninsula.


    Bridging the traditions of botanical illustration and art, Haig-Thomas’ drawings present scientifically accurate flora whilst emphasising their aesthetically pleasing qualities.  


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    Title
    Commicarpus pedunculosus (Nyctaginaceae)
    Date
    1977-1979
    Medium
    Watercolour on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 21.00 cm, width: 29.70 cm
    Acquisition
    Presented by the artist, April 2014
    Inscription
    lower left: HHT ; top right: 17 / [arrow] / 2 ; verso, bottom left: COMMICARPUS PEDUNCULOSUS
    Provenance
    Presented by the artist, April 2014
    GAC number
    18593/2