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Alexander Marshal (c. 1620-82)

Passion flower with ladybirds and unidentified caterpillar, variegated autumn crocus, cyclamen leaf, humble plant, unidentified caterpillar, and caterpillar of cockchafer c. 1650-82

RCIN 924410

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The passion flower is a native of the Americas and was first cultivated in Europe in 1612. The flower was claimed to symbolise the Passion of Christ, with its parts representing the crown of thorns, the whipping post, the three nails and so on.