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Australian Metrosideros Saligna large rare botanical engraving. Bessa c1800

Australian Metrosideros Saligna large rare botanical engraving. Bessa c1800

by Bessa, Pancrace

Large rare antique print of Metrosideros Saligna c1819, a typical Australian tree with beautiful flowers that are loved by all kinds of birds and bees.

Original hand-coloured stipple engraving by Bouquet from the drawing of botanical artist Pancrace Bessa. Printed by Langlois for Henri Duhamel du Monceau's Traite des arbres et arbustes que l'on cultivee en France en pleine terre (Trees and Shrubs grown in the ground in France" published in Paris between 1800 and 1819.

Pancrace Bessa (1772-1846) was one of only seven men who studied botanical illustration with the greatest botanical artist of the 18th and early 19th century, Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840). (Redouté also instructed five French Queens.) In 1823, Pancrace Bessa and Redoute were both painters on vellum for the natural History Museum in Paris. Their contemporary, Landon, wrote "So far as flower and fruit pieces are concerned, there seems to be a strong competition between Redouté and Bessa, both being equally talented, hard-working and successful.  

This is a grand plate. The image is 500 x 340mm, with the paper extending beyond that. Unfortunately it is somewhat foxed. In good condition this beautiful engraving would demand a much higher price.

Stock Number: apbPB5Price: $330.00

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