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James Bruce, 1730–1794
Commiphora gileadensis (L.) C. Chr. (Balm of Gilead, Opobalsam): finished drawing of fruit, dissected fruits, and leaves
Additional Title(s):
Balessam No. 3
ca. 1768
Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor and gouache over graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 12 × 9 5/8 inches (30.5 × 24.4 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, center: "Leaves to be left out fruit to be transfered to "; inscribed on verso in pen and black ink, upper center: "Balessan No 3 | The front to be transfered to the front of No 2 | in the order it stands in the No3 but | no notice to be taken of the [...] so that there are to be only two drawings of the | Balesan No 1 + No 2"; inscribed on verso in pen and black ink, lower right: "B"


Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
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IIIF Manifest:

James Bruce, Travels to discover the source of the Nile, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773 , Edinburgh, 1790, Precedes p. 17 (vol. 5), DT377 B88 1790+ Oversize (YCBA Rare Books) [ORBIS]

Paul Hulton, Luigi Balugani's drawings of African plants, From the collection made by James Bruce of Kinnaird on his travels to discover the source of the Nile 1767-1773 , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1991, p. 75, pl. 88, QK98.183 B2 H85 1991 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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