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Champignon de la France: Pl. 238, La Vesse-loup etoilée

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Jean Baptiste Francois Pierre Bulliard, France, (1742–September 1793)
Champignon de la France: Pl. 238, La Vesse-loup etoilée, c. 1790
Ink on paper
9 in. x 6 1/2 in. (22.86 cm x 16.51 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Engraving
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: 2009.8.2

Alternate Title: Mushrooms of France: Pl. 238, The Starred Puffball

Object Description
Study of the starred puffball (Lycoperdon stellatum).

Translation of text: "… In autumn, this mushroom is rather common in our forests of tall trees. During the early stage, it is in the shape of a ball. While in this stage, it remains hidden underground. This enclosed ball thus avoids dust… At the top in figure A, the ball has thick walls and is splitting itself. In B, the divisions spread more and more. CDE, they curl over on themselves, and by elasticity, they lift the internal ball. The internal ball is lifted from the earth and rests on the divisions, as if on many feet. F, when the internal ball has been in this stage for awhile, it bursts at the top and emits a brownish dust. G, after awihle the wrapping cracks. H, the divisions close again. And the mushroom dies.

For five years, I have seen this mushroom drawn in all its stages except for before developmement, in figure A. All these years I searched without being able to find it. It is owed to the zeal of Mademoiselle M de Golmpy who sent me into nature with a nice sketch... Figures A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H represent the mushroom in all its stages of development."

(translated by Wendy Henry, CMC '09, Getty Summer MUI Intern 2009)

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