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Marshmallow flower lady, treating sick frog. Grandville engraving c1902.

Marshmallow flower lady, treating sick frog. Grandville engraving c1902.

by Grandville, Jean-Jacques

Delightful antique print. Marshmallow holds Frog's mouth open, helping him to drink medicine from a ladle. A sick grasshopper with head on pillow, watches from nearby chair. The flowers, leaves and root of the Marshmallow are all edible, and the leaves and root are considered to have medicinal properties for the gut and lung..

Colour-printed engraving, "Malavisco" (Marshmallow). Highlighted with gum arabic for publication in Spain c1902; engraved by 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.

Page: 195 x 120mm (7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches). In middle of page, image including title measures approximately 110 x 90mm (approximately 4 3/8 x 3 1/2 inches).

Stock Number: apGflPrice: $145.00