Ehret, Georg Dionysius (illus). Engraved by Johann Jacob Haid.
Engraving, hand-colored, plate area approximately 17 x 11 on sheet size 21 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches. A couple of 1/8 inch tears to lower right edge (all well outside plate area). Very good condition on fine laid paper. An exceptional antique botanical print depicting a medlar 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 XVII). 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. The unusual fruit on these plants was once commonly eaten. Item #42172