Hand colored stipple engraving botanical print, titled "LONICERA Alpigena", and "CHEVREFEUILLE Alpigene" in French (a type of honeysuckle), after the highly important Belgian-born botanical artist of the late years of the 18th century and early years of the 19th, PIERRE-JOSEPH REDOUTE (1759-1840). The original drawings from which the images derive were created sometime around 1810 and the prints were created not long thereafter. Redoute was renowned in his own time for his skills, patronized by none other than Marie Antoinette and the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon. Born into an artistic family, he was cataloging and studying botanical specimens at museums in Paris at a young age. In the course of his career, he executed on the order of 2,100 plates, of over 1,800 different species. Redoute's skills transcended the turbulence of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, with ever-increasing recognition of his work. Today the original drawings of these botanical subjects reside in museums, and the stipple engraving prints, sought after by decorators and collectors, are regarded as among the finest botanical prints ever created. The print is in acceptable condition considering the age, with uneven browning, light foxing and mat burn (especially at right side). Frame is mid 20th century and exhibits light wear. Measurements are 11 1/2" by 8 1/2" and 20 3/4" by 16 3/4" framed.
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