C1800

Anigozanthos Rufa.

Superb engraving of Western Australia’s floral emblem, from a painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute who during the patronage of the Empress Josephine, produced his finest works which included numerous Australian plants provided by the great French voyage of exploration under the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Anigozanthos Rufa.

Date:

C1800

Condition:

Two rust spots on bottom centre and right, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured
AUTHENTICITY
Anigozanthos Rufa. - Antique Print from 1800

Genuine antique
dated:

1800

Description:

Superb engraving of Western Australia’s floral emblem, from a painting by Pierre Joseph Redoute who during the patronage of the Empress Josephine, produced his finest works which included numerous Australian plants provided by the great French voyage of exploration under the command of Bruni D’Entrecasteaux. Labillardiere the botanist on the expedition under Bruni d’Entrecasteaux, was the first to collect a kangaroo paw near Esperance on Western Australia’s southern coast, in 1792 and it was first introduced to England in 1833 and described in 1836 by the British botanist, David Don (1799-1841). It is named after Robert Mangles who recorded his experiences in growing the species.

A rare account of a voyage with tremendous significance to the exploration of Australia and the Pacific‘ Wantrup

Modern common name Red Kangaroo Paw

Modern binomial name Anigozanthos rufus

First described Labillardiere 1800

From, Jacques Julien Houton de Labillardiere (1755-1834), Relation du voyage a la recherche de La Perouse.

References Wantrup 64a-b, Hill 467, Sabin 22671

Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759 - 1840)

Redoute was one of the most famous flower painters of all time. His professional career began after he went to Paris in 1782 where he initially worked as a decorative painter at the "Theatre des Italiens". He was steered into botanical painting after he met the botanist Charles Louis L'Héritier. Soon after he helped illustrate L'Héritier's "Stirpes Novae". Redoute's work was noticed by the famous botanical artist Gérard von Spaendonck, who produced drawings and paintings for the famous Velins du Roi. Spaendonck recruited Pierre Joseph Redouté as a staff member, and he subsequently contributed over 500 paintings to this huge undertaking. Redoute learnt Spaendonck's watercolor technique, by which he used to produce flower paintings with a bright transparency. He was then appointed court painter to Marie-Antoinette and subsequently becoming one of France's most popular flower painters. He perfected the color stipple engraving technique, which he had learned during a stay in London and first applied it in his illustrations for de Candolle's work "Plantes Grasses". In 1805 he was appointed court and flower painter to the Empress Josephine. From 1817 to 1824 he produced his greatest illustrated work, the monograph "Les Roses".

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