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Alexander Marshal (c. 1620-82)

Narcissus radiiflorus, narcissus poeticus, Crown imperial (fritillaria imperialis), auriculas (primula x pubescens Jacq.) c. 1650-82

RCIN 924280

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The spectacular crown imperial was introduced to western Europe from Constantinople in 1576 and was first grown in England soon after. To either side are two varieties of narcissi. On the right is poet’s narcissus, one of the earliest forms of the plant to be cultivated in England.