Louise von Panhuys (1763-1844) and her works

Louise von Panhuys, née Barckhaus-Wiesenhuetten, was an artist from Frankfurt, who specialised in plant and landscape painting. From 1811 onwards she resided in Surinam and modelled herself on Maria Sibylla Merian. She was very impressed by landscapes and the diversity of tropical plants. Whilst staying in Surinam she produced a great number of watercolours.

In 1824 she donated 87 of them to the Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft – now called Senckenberg - Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN). The paintings are on permanent loan to the University Library of Frankfurt which has recently digitized them thus satisfying the ever-increasing public interest with Internet access and protecting the originals at the same time.

The German titles of the paintings have been taken from the estate inventory (19th century) .

All digitized pictures can be used under CC-BY-NC-SA

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