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These tulips were painted by James Sillett, who is famous for his paintings of fruit, flowers and game (animals and birds hunted for meat). In 1826, he published the book, A Grammar of Flower Painting.

Some say the name ‘tulip’ comes from a Persian word for ‘turban’, because it looks a bit like a tulip. Wild tulips grow in mountainous areas where it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold. After the 1600s they became hugely popular in gardens. At this time in The Netherlands there was ‘tulip mania’ and rare tulips became very expensive.

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