François-Nicolas Martinet - Papillons

François-Nicolas Martinet - Papillons
Etching - Not signed - 1785

François-Nicolas Martinet (1731-1800) - Engraving of butterflies
France, 18 th century

Beautiful framed plate, engraved with butterflies
Probably extracted from a set, as often... (plate indication 68)

The plate represents four butterflies
(front and back view for each of them)
- Alpicola
- Velvet of China

Nicely framed.
30.5 x 38 cm

Some minor foxing, nothing severe...

The pictures are an integral part of the description.
This lot will be packed with care and sent with track & trace

François-Nicolas Martinet (1731-1800) - French engraver
He made the engraving of many natural history works, especially in ornithology.
He worked a.o.on the Ornithology by Mathurin Jacques Brisson (1760).

Very quickly, he engraved illustrations of birds for the works of the most influential French ornithologists of the 18th century. He works a.o. on the “Histoire naturelle des oiseaux” by Buffon, engraving 1,008 illustrations.
At the end of his career, very experienced in the engraving of birds, Martinet published his own ornithology book.

Martinet also participated in the Encyclopedia of Diderot and Alembert, contributing to 21 ornithological illustrations.

Lot details
François-Nicolas Martinet
Title of artwork
Not signed
In very good condition
Sold with frame
Image size
38×30.5 cm
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