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Alexander Marshal (c. 1620-82)

Purple crocuses, cloth of gold crocus, liverwort (double form), poppy anemones and jay c. 1650-82

RCIN 924272

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This sheet of early spring flowers appears near the beginning of Marshal’s florilegium, which follows the course of the seasons. The dead jay appears to cast a shadow on the sheet, as though a real bird has fallen onto a page of painted flowers.