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Authorised form of nameEhret; Georg Dionysius (? 1710 - 1770); Botanical illustrator
SurnameEhret
ForenamesGeorg Dionysius
Dates? 1710 - 1770
Dates and placesBirth Place:
Erfurt or Heidelberg, Germany (30 January 1708 or 09 September 1710)
Death:
Chelsea, London (09 September 1770)
ActivityResearch Field:
Botany
Career:
Dr Christopher Trew (FRS 1746) bought two of his pictures for 4,000 gulder, which Ehret used to funds his travels; employed by Bernard de Jussieu (FRS 1727) in Paris; met Linnaeus in Holland; came to England and obtained the patronage of Dr Richard Mead (FRS 1703) and Sir Hans Sloane (FRS 1685) (1740); the genus Ehretia was named after him
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
19/05/1757
RelationshipsSon of George Ehret, gardener to the Kurfurst of Baden-Durlach; married Susannah Kennet, daughter of a Southwark baker and sister of the wife of Philip Miller (FRS 1729); his grand-daughter Ann Grover married John Dickinson FRS (1782-1869) the paper manufacturer of Hemel Hempstead; his great-granddaughter Harriet Ann Dickinson married John Evans FRS (1823-1908): their eldest son was Sir Arthur Evans FRS, the discoverer of Knossos
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
References:
Ruth Stungo, 'Recording the Aloes at Chelsea - a Singular Solution to a Difficult Problem' in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 47-57
Ruth Stungo;' Portraying Plants; botanical illustrators at The Chelsea Physic Garden'. 1995 Tracts 846/5
Gerta Calmann; 'EHRET: Flower Painter Extraordinary' 1977 Biog EHR-large
Colin Murdoch; 'G.D.Ehret, botanical artist; a tribute to his genius'. 1970 Tracts 743/3
WL Tjaden; 'Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770) flower painter supreme'. 1970 Tracts 755/7
Notes:
DSB gives birth date of 30 January 1708 and birth place as Heidelberg.
Royal Society codeNA7911
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/001262Ehret, Georg Dionysius2001
IM/001258Ehret, Georg Dionysius2003
IM/005722Ehret, Georg Dionysiusnd
IM/001260Ehret, Georg Dionysius2000
MS/668Aloe paintings by Georg Dionysius Ehret and Jacobus van Huysum1737
L&P/4/370Paper, 'On andrachne' by George Dionysius Ehret1767
L&P/4/157Paper, 'Of a new Peruvian plant' by Georg Dionysius Ehret1763
L&P/4/152Paper, 'Of a species of Ophrys probably that names by Gronovius in the Flora Virginica' by Georg Dionysius Ehret 1763
IM/001257Ehret, Georg Dionysiusnd
IM/001259Ehret, Georg Dionysius2000
MS/911Watercolour collection of Gordon (Tony) Fogg18th Century-20th Century
EC/1757/05Ehret, Georg Dionysius: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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