This large, vintage lithograph is by Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770), one the greatest botanical artists of all time. His artworks are accurate and have the utmost clarity. Many of the great families of Europe competed for his services. Nowadays, his original art work may be found at important institutions such as the Natural History Museum in London, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Royal Society, London, the Lindley Library at the Royal Horticultural Society and the Victoria and Albert Museum. This high quality lithograph of his work was made in England in the 1950s and are quite scarce. Dimensions: 13” x 18” (Frame)
“Botanical illustration is generally classified as “the art of depicting the form, color, and details of plant species.” There are different categories within the overall art of botanical illustration; in general, the illustrations can lean toward the more scientific or more artistic.
The art itself can be traced back to the mid-1st century. Since it’s beginning, various professions sought out and utilized the illustrations: physicians, pharmacists, botanical scientists, and gardeners to name a few. Contributions from botanical illustrators are numerous. Their work has helped to highlight plants distinguishing features which aide in the categorization of the differing plant species.
The Golden Age of botanical art coincided, roughly, with the Age of Exploration: the 15th-17th centuries. As explorers ‘discovered’ new continents, they brought along artists to detail the experience as well as to document any newly found plant or animal species.”
from – www.dailyartmagazine.com/