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March 06, 2015

Chinese Ginkgo tree illustration, c. 1850


Ginkgo biloba tree with small human figure.

Watercolour and ink illustration on Chinese paper (c. 1850) by a Chinese artist commissioned by the Scottish botanist and explorer Robert Fortune. Fortune was one of the first botanical explorers to penetrate the interior of China in the first half of the 19th century.
He is best known for introducing tea plants from China to India.

Picture: Collections Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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