Born in Germany in 1705, Rösel received his early training as an artist. He continued art studies of art at the Academy of Nuremberg where he became a painter of portraits and miniatures, which enabled him to be appointed 'Painter to the Queen' of the Danish Court of Copenhagen.
While traveling home, Rösel spent several weeks in Hamburg. In that time a friend brought him a copy of Maria Sybilla Merian's book "Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium", in which she described the insects and other animals which she observed in Surinam. The famous work inspired Roesel to do a similar study of German insects.
He spent many years studying the local natural history: "He collected insects, their eggs and larvae, studied the process of hatching, pupation, and emergence, and painted all this in a most meticulous way, as Kleemann tells us" (Nissen. Bestiaries). In 1740 - based on the specimens of his own remarkable collection - Rösel began to illustrate a sumptuous work - that was financed by him - that can be considered one of the most important German artwork on insects of 18th century. It was so a meticulous work that many descriptions of species of insects made by Carl Linnaeus are based on the images drawn by Rösel.
Bibliography Reference: Nissen 3466. Horn-Sch. 18267. Cobres 368: "Classisch und unentbehrlich". Junk, Rara, 159. DSB XI, 503: "Outstanding illustrations".
- Rösel von Rosenhof (1705 - 1759) set -3- Original Engraving
- Title of artwork
- with Antique Hand Colouring on Enthomology - a6e
- Engraving, Watercolour
- Plate signed
- In very good condition
- Sold with frame
- Total dimensions
- 26×20×0 cm