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Donkey and Thistle (Cardo). Grandville's Animated Flowers c1902.

Donkey and Thistle (Cardo). Grandville's Animated Flowers c1902.

by Grandville, Jean-Jacques

Thistle flower-lady with stick in each hand, warning the donkey that she is prickly, when the donkey visits her in his best finery with top hat and cane in his hand.

This antique print is a colour-printed engraving highlighted with gum arabic, and published in Spain c1902, after the drawing of French illustrator and caricaturist Jean-Ignace-Isidore Gérard (1803-1847) for Les Fleurs Animées (Animated Flowers) first published in Paris circa 1847.

Known as Jean-Jacques, Grandville was tutored in drawing by his father, miniature-artist Jean-Baptiste Gérard. Jean-Jacques adopted the name 'Grandville' from his father’s actor parents who were known as 'Gérard de Grandville'. Flowers were given human characters, that ranged from charming to gruesome, depending on Grandville's state of mind. Grandville acquired fame by adding animal and bird heads to people's bodies, and as here, by portraying flowers as ladies with personalities. Grandville's flower ladies were so popular, that they were reissued a number of times in the United States, Belgium, Germany and Spain.

There is slight rubbing of the surface of the page across the top of this print. this is covered by the mount - mounted between 'antique white' conservation matt board and covered with cellophane for protection. Window size is 14 x 10cm (5.5 x 4 inches). The external mount size for framing is 28 x 24cm (11 x 9.5 inches).

Stock Number: apGfl9mPrice: $132.00