Original French Signed Grandville Engraving 'Jasmin' 1847.
Another fine original hand colored engraving by renowned caricature artist JJ Grandville, from his Les Fleurs Animees series published by Garnier Freres in 1847.
Entitled 'Jasmin' it features a pretty young maiden clothed in Jasmin vines. She has large white fragrant flowers adorning her hair. She is serenely rubbing a sweet smelling mixture into the hair of her little daughter, who sits very patiently.
Les Fleurs Animees were delightful drawings of common flowers disguised as lovely maidens. Charmingly costumed in floral garlands and leaves.
Measuring 10 1/2" x 7" the engraving is signed in the plate by both JJ Grandville and Ch. Geoffroy.
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, minor age discoloration and a few tiny age spots in the margins.
"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 Les Fleurs Animees were known to be his favourites.
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