Duhamel Du Monceau, Ca. 1800. Original hand colored stipple engraving from the 'Traite des Abres et Arbustes'.
Belgian artist Pierre Joseph Redoute (1759-1840) one of the most important botanical painters of his time, was the official court artist of Queen Marie Antoinette. He employed the newly developed process of stipple engraving, a process in which the image was composed of a series of dots on a copper plate. Color was added 'a la poupee'; applied with rags directly to the plate each time the plate is printed. The result is an individual work of art and stunning example of a long-lost printing technique.
Engraved by Jean Marie Mixelle. With T. 2. No. 6 at the top of the engraving. Image size 9 x 12". Very good. Item #16214