Copper engraving, coloured by hand, by and after Ehret. Very good condition apart from discreet blindstamp to lower right corner of plate. A very fine image from Griffith Hughes' "The Natural History of Barbados", drawn by the greatest of eighteenth-century botanical artist, George Dionysius Ehret. "This grows to be a considerably large straggling tree, cloathed with many leaves generally set in groups on the blunt extremities of the branches" (Griffith Hughes The Natural History of Barbados , London, 1750, p.189). The book was illustrated with 30 plates (12 of which are signed by Ehret). Hunt praises the work: "This book is one to place beside Catesby's Natural History" and it is often seen as a companion to Sloane's Jamaica. Ehret, a brilliant botanical artist, was unrivalled in his ability to "achieve realism, majesty, ineffable colour, all in one breathtaking look." (Hunt). Born in Heidelberg in 1710, he originally worked as a gardener and practised drawing in his spare time. Ehret moved to London in the late 1730s, where he painted the recently introduced exotics at the Chelsea Physic Garden and established himself as a teacher of flower-painting and botany. Cf. Gerta Calman Georg Ehret, Flower painter Extraordinary (1977) p.67; Great Flower Books (1990) p.104; cf. Hunt 536; cf. Nissen BBI 950; cf. Sabin 33582; cf. Wood p.393. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: ["Tree Jessamin. Plumeria rubra"]
Publication Date: 1750
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