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A tulip with common milkwort and white buttercup

c.1650 – 82

RCIN 924303

The tulip was the most highly prized plant introduction to Europe. Bulbs fetched extremely inflated prices, particularly during the period of financial speculation which seized the Dutch Republic in 1637 (tulipomania), resulting in the financial ruin of many investors. The unnamed tulip depicted on this sheet is a highly sought after ‘flamed’ example with intricate striped patterns. Marshal captures the devastating allure retained by this flamboyant flower.

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