Chene commun Quercus robur L
Stipple engraving on wove (vellin) paper.
Sheet size: 41 x 56,5 cm. (16,1 x 22,2 inch). Image size: 30 x 40,5 cm. (11,8 x 15,9 inch).
From: ‘Fleurs dessinées d’après nature […]’, containing 25 stipple engraved flower plates. These prints may well claim to be the finest flower-engravings ever made. (Great Flower Books). Ref: Blunt, The Art of Botanical Illustration (L.: 1950). pp.175-176. Great Flower Books pp.21 & 77. Nissen BBI 1879. Stafleu & Cowan TL2 12.523
Made by P.F. le Grand after Gerard van Spaendonck. Pierre Francois le Grand (1775-d.?)was a French engraver, who worked closely with Van Spaendonck on his ‘Fleurs Dessinees d’Apres Nature’. Gerard van Spaendonck (1746-1822) was a Dutch painter, born in Tilburg, the son of Cornelis van Spaendonck, also an established painter. After studying under Herreyns, he moved to Paris and was appointed miniature painter in the court of Louis XVI. In 1780 he succeeded Madeleine Francoise Basseporte at professor of floral painting.
Condition: Very good, given age. Light soiling and foxing. Light creasing. A few small tears in left margin, backed and not effecting image. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: OAK-QUERCUS ROBUR