And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that this is not just “Something That Happened;” this cannot be “One of Those Things.” This, please, cannot be that. And for what I would like to say, I can’t. This was not just a matter of chance. These strange things happen all the time.
Georg Dionysius Ehret, Magnolia grandiflora, Bull Bay, 1743. Watercolour and gouache on vellum.
Ehret always favoured the pictorial rather than the diagrammatic style of botanical illustration. Here he has painted the seeds with shadows as if they were actually lying on the page. But the flower itself is represented according to the standard conventions of botanical illustration - that is, in silhouette against a white ground. Via V&A