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Jean Baptiste Francois Pierre Bulliard, France, (1742–September 1793)
Champignon de la France: Pl. 216, L'Agaric pamlé, c. 1790
Ink on paper
9 in. x 6 1/2 in. (22.86 cm x 16.51 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Engraving
Creation Place: Europe, France
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: 2009.8.1


Object Description
Study of the palmated agaric (Agaricus palmatus).

Translation of text: "In the autumn, this mushroom grows on healthy trees, dead trees, and even pieces of vertically standing wood. It is only found at considerable elevations, often at heights of 60 or 80 feet. It is rarely found standing alone. Its cap is often in very bizarre shapes. Its surface is dry. Its flesh is soft and covered by a skin that does not detach easily...

Its cap is often firmly attached to the tree trunk. Sometimes multiple mushrooms of this species are attached at their caps. Figure A represents the vertical cut of the mushroom. It was found, as represented in figure B, suspended to pieces of wood...

At first, it has a sweet and agreeable taste. Then after, it is bitter."
(translated by Wendy Henry, CMC '09, Getty Summer MUI Intern 2009)

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