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Poppy flower-lady putting beetles to sleep. Grandville Adormidera, c1902.

Poppy flower-lady putting beetles to sleep. Grandville Adormidera, c1902.

by Grandville, Jean-Jacques

Poppy-pollen putting insects to sleep insects. Grandville c1902.

Colour-printed engraving 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.

This wonderful little engraving is 180 x 120mm (7 x 4.75 inches). It is currently mounted between antique-white boards, and covered with cellophane for protection until framed.The external mount for framing measures 270 x 220mm (10.5/8 x 8.5/8 inches).

Stock Number: apGfl15mPrice: $145.00