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Alexander Marshal (c. 1620-82)

Joseph’s coat and white-flowered bottle gourd c. 1650-82

RCIN 924417

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These autumnal varieties were placed towards the end of Marshal’s florilegium. The beautifully coloured Joseph’s coat (whose name refers to the Old Testament story) is a tropical plant, introduced to England in the late sixteenth century. Marshal has faithfully recorded insect damage and other blemishes on the leaves.