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Hendrik van Rijgersma
Van Rijgersma's great interest in natural history and science was also manifested in his intention to write an illustrated flora of St. Martin. In 1988, the book Flowers from St. Martin, the 19th Century Watercolours of Westindian plants painted by Hendrik van Rijgersma was published by H. E. Coomans and M. Coomans-Eustatia. The watercolours reproduced in the book were taken from van Rijgersma's own sketchbooks, dated 1868. At the time of the publication it was not known to the authors whether van Rijgersma kept a collection of dried plant specimens, or not.
In the Swedish Museum of Natural History, there are 129 plants collected by van Rijgersma, of which 74 have illustrations.
Text: Mia Ehn
Boldingh, I. 1909. The Flora of St. Eustatius, Saba and St. Martin. E. J. Brill, Leiden
Coomans, H. E. 1989. Antillean Seashells, the 19th century Watercolours of Caribbean Molluscs Painted by Hendrik van Rijgersma. De Walburg Pers., Zutphen
Coomans, H. E. & M. Coomans-Eustatia. 1988. Flowers from St. Martin, the 19th century Watercolours of Westindian Plants Painted by Hendrik van Rijgersma. De Walburg Pers., Zutphen
Ehn, M. & Zanoni, T. A. 2002. The herbarium and botanical art of Hendrik Elingsz van Rijgersma. Taxon 51: 513-520.