C1836

L'Adesmie epineuse. [Adesmia microphylla]

Rare French botanical engraving From Bougainville’s, Journal de la Navigation Autour du Globe de la frigate La Thetis et de la corvette L’Esperance pendant les annes 1824, 1825 et 1826. Hyacinthe-Yves-Philippe-Potentien, Baron Hyacinthe-Yves-Philippe-Potentien, Baron de Bougainville (1781-1846). Modern binomial name: Adesmia … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

L’Adesmie epineuse. [Adesmia microphylla]

Date:

C1836

Condition:

Loss of top right corner of sheet which has been reinstated, not affecting image or plate mark, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

240mm 
x 325mm

Paper Size: 

323mm 
x 408mm
AUTHENTICITY
L'Adesmie epineuse. [Adesmia microphylla] - Antique Print from 1836

Genuine antique
dated:

1836

Description:

Rare French botanical engraving From Bougainville’s, Journal de la Navigation Autour du Globe de la frigate La Thetis et de la corvette L’Esperance pendant les annes 1824, 1825 et 1826.

Hyacinthe-Yves-Philippe-Potentien, Baron Hyacinthe-Yves-Philippe-Potentien, Baron de Bougainville (1781-1846).

Modern binomial name: Adesmia microphylla
Distribution:  Coastal Chilean Matorral of Central Chile

References:
Antheunisse, M. Plant Illustration. 2009-21 Netherlands: 124731.
Hill, J. The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. San Diego 1974: 162.
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976: 2236.


Pancrace Bessa (1772 - 1835)

Pancrace Bessa (1772–1835) studied at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris (commonly known as the Jardin des Plantes) where he came under the artistic influence of the master botanical artist and chair of iconography Gerard van Spaendonck (1746–1822) and the famous flower painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759–1840)—with whom it is thought he directly studied. Bessa was hired as a peintre des fleurs to portray rare plants for the famous collection of vélins—the paintings on vellum begun in the mid-17th century for Gaston d’Orleans, inherited by Louis XIV and transferred to the Jardin du Roi—that was nationalized and renamed the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in 1793. The Muséum was an internationally recognized center for research in the natural sciences with a staff of the leading French botanists and artists and a strong relationship with the Académie Royale des Sciences in Paris. Through the connections he made at the Muséum, Pancrace Bessa illustrated some of the most important botanical publications by the leading French botanists, horticulturists and agriculturists of the day, portraying new species of fruits, flowers and trees from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australia. For some works he was the sole illustrator, and for others he collaborated with talented artists of the day, such as his teacher Pierre-Joseph Redouté. Many of Bessa’s original paintings were reproduced using the technique of stipple engraving.

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