From the famed Les Fleurs Animees series by JJ Grandville comes this wonderful original hand colored engraving from the 1847 edition published by G de Gonet~Paris.
The Les Fleurs Animees series were delightful drawings of flowers disguised as lovely maidens. Charmingly costumed in leaves and floral garlands and usually accompanied by small creatures from the animal kingdom.
'Erratum' or book correction, features the Olivier (olive), Belle de Nuit (night flower), Immortel (everlasting), Myrte (myrtle), Laurier (laurel) and Tobac (tobacco)~as humorously depicted by the woman smoking a huge cigar in the background.
Measuring 10.7" x 7", it is signed in the print by both Grandville and Charles Geoffroy. The colors are exquisite. This is an original engraving from 1847 and not a modern re print and as such is in very good Antique condition with no tears or marks.
"This original engraving stands as both a beautiful and scarce example of Victorian caricature art" Claude Reyberat~Catalogue Bibliographique et Biographique (Paris 1985)
Known by the pseudonym JJ Grandville, the French caricature artist was actually Jean Ignace Isador Gerard (1803 - 1847). He first gained fame in 1828 with his Les Metamorphosis du Jour series of drawings depicting individuals with the bodies of men and the the faces of animals, but Les Fleurs Animees was known to be his favourite.
I will be listing more wonderful engravings from the JJ Grandville series.
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