(Canna Glauca) Les Liliacees. Paris: 1807-1816. $2,800.00
Plate 353. "Canna Glauca. Balisier Glauque"
The distinction of being the most talented and famous botanical artist of all time must go to Pierre-Joseph Redoute. As court painter to Empress Josephine, Redoute's days were spent documenting the rare flowers and exotic newly discovered plants she grew in the gardens at Malmaison. His masterful studies, sketches and paintings on vellum of lilies were the basis for all of the magnificent floral engravings contained in Les Liliacees, an extravagant comprehensive monograph of 486 exquisitely beautiful engravings bound into eight volumes. The justifiably famous work includes depictions of all of the members of the lily family of plants including irises, tulips, orchids, amaryllis, crocus, etc. Native to the marshes of the American Carolinas.
This engraving was from the rare large paper edition of only 18 copies that Redoute himself hand colored.
22 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches. Stipple engraving partially printed in color and finely finished by hand. Excellent impression and condition. With accompanying text.