Pink Cabbage Roses by Paul de Longpre Antique Print Victorian
This oh so gorgeous antique print is by the famous Victorian watercolor artist, Paul de Longpre (see photograph and biography). It is entitled Floral Design Roses, and showcases outstanding old garden cabbage roses attended by several of his signature bumblebees flying in to sample their sweet nectar. The artwork is superb, in bright and unfaded. This print is a chormolithgraph, and the color layers align in perfect register. Look closely, there are little dewdrops on the roses!
The print is complete under the mat. It was made by the J. Ottmann Lithographic Company of New York, as a Sunday Inter-Ocean Art Supplement, Vol. XXIII, No. 295, for their paper on January 13, 1895. It is an antique print in near fine condition, and has a softly textured faux suede mat that compliments the foliage and roses perfectly. The print is housed in a gold painted cherry wood frame with ornate burnished brass corner embellishments with scroll and flower motifs that compliments the print perfectly. It is also in near fine condition. Overall size is 12 x 19.75 inches, in the classic half yard long format. This print comes from the personal collection of Nancy C. Hall, the author of the book The Life and Art of Paul de Longpre.
Paul de Longpre biography:
Paul de Longpré (b. 1855, d. 1911), a French Victorian flower painter, was born in Villeurbanne, France (a suburb of Lyon). He was self-taught at a young age, favoring the little daisy and La France hybrid rose. De Longpre exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon, but eventually lost most of his money in a bank collapse. He then emigrated to the United States in 1890, living in New York.
In an age when many artists were painting oils on dark, moody canvasses, de Longpre gained fame with his cheery, bright watercolor studies through a New York exhibition in the dead of winter. He eventually moved to Hollywood in 1899 where flowers were more plentiful year round, and befriended many influential residents and politicians. There he built a palatial Moorish style mansion, which became quite a large tourist attraction, and gleaned the coveted first stop on the famous Balloon Route Excursion. Tourists would walk from the rail cars into his rose garden, where they could enjoy his 3,000 rose bushes in full bloom, tour the mansion, and also buy original watercolor paintings.
De Longpre was one a very few artists who gained recognition and fame during his lifetime, and he was quite successful, parlaying his paintings into many different 1890’s media, such as: chromolithographic prints, celluloid mirror and photo albums, sheet music, shaving mirrors, seed and perfume displays, as well as using the studies for countless advertising prints. He died at the young age 56, from tuberculosis, a common malady at that time, after a long battle with an ear infection. He was survived by his three daughters, none of whom had children. His wife Josephine, and his daughter Pauline moved back to France after the mansion was sold, and in 1925, the mansion was demolished to make room for new bungalow housing. His watercolor paintings and chromolithograph prints are his greatest legacy, and are highly sought after.