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Alexander Marshal (c. 1620-82)

Chilli pepper, sweet pepper, ginger and clary sage c. 1675-82

RCIN 924413

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Sweet peppers, or capsicums, were introduced to Europe from the Americas in the first half of the sixteenth century. Ginger had been imported for centuries and was first grown in Europe around 1605. The ginger plant depicted here was cultivated by Marshal’s friend Henry Compton, Bishop of London, in his garden at Fulham Palace.