Ehret, Georg Dionysius (illus). Engraved by Johann Jacob Haid.
Engraving, hand-colored, plate area approximately 15 1/2 x 9 1/2 on sheet size 19 3/4 x 14 inches. Two small areas of adhesive tape along verso of upper edge from previous matting (not affecting image). Very good condition, clean and bright, on fine laid paper. An exceptional antique botanical print depicting an azalea plant by one of the finest botanical artists of all time, Georg Dionysus Ehret, engraved by Johann Jacob Haid and published in "Plantae selectae" by Christopher Jacob Trew and Benedict Christian Vogel (plate XLVIII). This remarkable work, published over the period 1750 to 1773, scientifically documents and artistically celebrates exotic plants in the collection of the Chelsea Physic Garden in London and other collectors at a time when the collection, cultivation and documentation of exotic flowers was popular among the upper strata of European society. Ehret trained as a gardener, but his talent as a botanical artist was noted and put to work by wealthy patrons including the physician and botanist Dr. Trew. Included are fine botanical details reflecting the influence of the newly introduced Linnaean system of plant classification. (Nissen 1997; Great Flower Books, p.78; Dunthorne 309). Item #42169