REDOUTE, Pierre Joseph.
Moroea Iridoides. Moree fausse Iris.
Beautiful engraving of the whole plant, from flowering head to root, flanked by smaller uncoloured depictions of seed, seed pod and flower parts. The Belgian, Pierre Joseph Redoute, ‘Raphael of flowers’, was patronized at the French court by Marie Antoinette, and after the revolution by Napoleon and Josephine. He was a master at the delicate art of stipple engraving. These original prints are much sought after and the designs often applied to china. Engraved by Allais.
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Stipple engraving. Original colour. In fine condition. Size: 34 x 52 cm. (13 x 20 inches).