Here I offer another fine original engraving by renowned caricature artist JJ Grandville from his Les Fleurs Animees series published by Garnier Freres in 1847.
Entitled 'Aubepine' (Hawthorn) it depicts a worried Hawthorn lady, complete with the recognizable pink and white flowers and a necklace of red berries. She is clutching two of her young daughters to keep them safe from the animated secateurs and sneaky garden sheers as they go about their duty of pruning back her thorny branches.
Les Fleurs Animees were delightful drawings of flowers disguised as lovely maidens. Charmingly costumed in floral garlands and leaves. They were usually accompanied by small creatures from the animal kingdom, or, as in this case, by animated in-animate objects.
Measuring 10 1/2" x 7" the engraving is signed in the plate by both JJ Grandville and Ch. Geoffroy.
The colors are exquisite. This is an original hand colored engraving and NOT a modern reproduction and as such is in good Antique condition, with no tears or folds and just a few tiny age spots in the margin and some slight all-over age toning and a tiny nick in the lower right corner.
"This engraving stands as 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 Gerrard (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 faces of animals, but his Les Fleurs Animees drawings were known to be his favourites.
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