An original 1808 mezzotint print, P. F. Legrand Oranger de la Chine Botanical Diagram.
An impressive mezzotint print of a large size of a botanical diagram for the 'Oranger de la Chine', or the Mandarin Orange, with flowers. The inscription to the left of the image denotes that this was drawn from life in Martinique in 1808 by artist and engraver Pierre Francois Legrand (1743-1824), and later engraved by that same artist in Paris. Le Grand, along with his patron Gerard van Spaendonck (1746-1822) - court miniature painter to Louis XVI - was well known for pioneering a technique that produced colour printed stipple engravings, which were able to reproduce with some accuracy works originally executed in watercolour. These large scale prints, as shown here, were then also later hand coloured and sold individually or as a part of a larger scientific collection. Due to the current condition of this work, is it likely that this work was either a prototype piece that was printed but never coloured, or a piece sold individually to be hand coloured by the owner.
Foxing and age toning as shown. Various paper losses, repaired tears and areas of creasing around the periphery as shown, articularly along the upper edge. Right side has been trimmed, as evidenced by the missing inscription text to the lower right.
45.9cm x 30.2cm.
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Product code: JE-479