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Bananier, Plate 54, Flore Médicale, 1814

This is a Bananier, Plate 54.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries and Archives as part of Botanical Lessons.

It is dated 1814. Its medium is printed paper. It is a part of the department.

The author of this publication, François-Pierre Chaumeton, was a French physician and pharmacist who worked as a military doctor at the turn of the 19th century. After his retirement, Chaumeton started writing for medical publications, which led to Flore Médicale, a book that presents a wide range of botanical species for pharmaceutical use. The title however goes beyond its initial scope, and includes flowers and fruits like this banana.

It is credited Smithsonian Libraries.

  • Sidewall, Botanical
  • cut and pasted paper with dried foliage on paper support.
  • Gift of Elizabeth Dow Ltd..
  • 1998-66-7

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Its dimensions are

H x W (open): 24.6 × 37.6 cm (9 11/16 × 14 13/16 in.)

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