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Donkey and Thistle. Grandville's Animated Flowers antique print.

Donkey and Thistle. Grandville's Animated Flowers antique print.

by Grandville, Jean-Jacques

Thistle flower-lady with sticks, warding off donkey, when 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.

This wonderful little engraving is 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: $100.00