Ehret, Georg Dionysius (illus). Engraved by Johann Jacob Haid.
Engraving, hand-colored, plate area approximately 16 3/4 x 11 on sheet size 19 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches. Soft crease to upper right corner (just outside plate mark), 1/2 inch tear to lower left corner well outside plate area (mended on verso with tape which has discolored), small areas of adhesive tape along verso of upper edge from previous matting (not affecting image). Overall good clean condition on fine laid paper. An exceptional antique botanical print depicting a South American 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 VIII). 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. Item #42177