Rare Original Hand Colored Granville Engraving 'Primevere' 1852.
From the extremely rare little known Belgian issue of Les Fleurs Animees..1851, comes this beautiful and extremely hard to find hand colored original Engraving entitled 'Primevere Perce-Neige' (Spring Primrose-Snowdrop) by the renowned graphic artist JJ Grandville (1803-47).
With exquisite hand coloring it features two pretty young maidens charmingly emerging from a snowy bank. One is gowned as a pink Primrose and the other as a pure white Snow drop. The arrival of Primroses and Snowdrops heralds the arrival of spring in the Northern hemisphere and here they are just breaking through the late winter snow.
Signed lower left and right, there is some minor age foxing to the outer margins which will 'frame out' and the Antique condition is good.
Measurements are..6 3/4" x 10 1/3" (full sheet) and the image is 5" x 6" (excluding the title).
With an introduction by Aphonse Carr and printed by Delavau, Rue des Petits, Carmes, the rare Belgian issue was published in 1852 with a text by Taxile Delord and there are very few copies still in existence.
This fine hand colored engraving is from that rare edition, and I have another beautiful Grandville engraving from the same rare Belgian issue..see NN622.
Born Jean Ignace Isador Gerard, JJ Grandville first gained fame in 1828 with his 'Les Metamorphosis du Jour' series of drawings of individuals with the bodies of men and the faces of animals, but 'Les Fleurs Animees' was his favourite and became his most widely loved series.
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