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Alexander Marshal (c. 1620-82)

Peonies, turban ranunculus and tulip c. 1650-82

RCIN 924340

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Peonies have been known in England since at least the tenth century, and may be native. In 1629 John Parkinson remarked that they were valued ‘for the beauty and delight of their goodly flowers, as well as for their Physicall vertues [i.e. their medicinal properties]’. Marshal often recorded imperfect specimens, and here two dropped petals from the overblown tulip are depicted at lower left.