Authorised form of nameEhret; Georg Dionysius (? 1710 - 1770); botanical illustrator
Dates? 1710 - 1770
Place of birthErfurt or Heidelberg, Germany
Date of birth30 January 1708 or 09 September 1710
Place of deathChelsea, London
Date of death09 September 1770
Research fieldBotany
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
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election19/05/1757
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
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
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
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/911Watercolour collection of Gordon (Tony) Fogg18th Century-20th Century
L&P/4/370Paper, 'On andrachne' by George Dionysius Ehret1767
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
EC/1757/05Ehret, Georg Dionysius: certificate of election to the Royal Society
L&P/4/157Paper, 'Of a new Peruvian plant' by Georg Dionysius Ehret1763
MS/668Aloe paintings by Georg Dionysius Ehret and Jacobus van Huysum1737
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