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Linen flower-lady with spindle. Grandville, Lino engraving c1902.

Linen flower-lady with spindle. Grandville, Lino engraving c1902.

by Grandville, Jean-Jacques

Antique print of Linen flower lady by Grandville.

Colour-printed engraving highlighted with gum arabic for publication in Spain c1902. Engraved by Charles Geoffroy after the drawing of French illustrator and caricaturist Jean-Ignace-Isidore Gérard (1803-1847) for Les Fleurs Animées (Animated Flowers), first published in Paris c1847.

From an early age Jean-Jacques 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. His 'animations' were so popular, that they were reissued a number of times in the United States, Belgium, Germany and Spain.

This wonderful little engraving is 185 x 115mm (7.25 x 4.5 inches). Image including title measures approximately 130 x 90mm (5 x 3.5 inches).

Stock Number: apGfl13Price: $88.00

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