C1832

Loranthus pentapetalus

Artist:

Gorachand

$A 395

In stock

S/N: PARA-225-BOT-OS–187565
(C115 F)

Full Title:

Loranthus pentapetalus

Date:

C1832

Artist:

Gorachand

Engraver:

M.Gauci 

Condition:

A few unobtruisve spots centre, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph with original hand colouring.

Image Size: 

355mm 
x 530mm

Description:

Very rare large botanical from Nathaniel Wallich’s, Plantae Asiaticae Rariores.

Modern binomial name:

Wallich’s series, Plantae Asiaticae Rariores was issued in 1830–1832. Wallich used for the first time Indian artists for the original paintings. These talented artists were, Vishnupersaud and Gorachand. Vishnupersaud’s skill was legendary and Wilfrid Blunt included one of his watercolours in his book The Art of Botanical Illustration as displaying great craftsmanship. 

Wallich had wrote, “The present Work consists of a selection of plants made chiefly from a series of 1200 drawings, executed under my direction by Native Artists. He also unusually named , John Clark as the colourist who hand coloured the lithographs.

Biography:

Nathaniel Wallich ( 1786-1854)

Wallich was the director of the Calcutta Botanic Gardens for over 30 years. He trained native plant collectors and sent them into parts of the Himalayas which were closed to Europeans.  In doing so many hardy plants were introduced into England and are now grown in many gardens. He also trained native artists to make botanical drawings and one of these was Vishnu Prasadva who accompanied him on many journeys. “These Indian draughtsman’s images are so vivid and vigorous that they make most other botanical series look insipid by comparison”. Wilfred Hunt.

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