Extremely rare FOLIO engraving from Robert’s Suite des Oyseaux les plus rare, (1676).
NOT from the later reissue in the 18th Century (plate numbering to bottom left and not top right).
38 x 24,3 cm
On fine cream watermarked paper.
Very good condition.
Extremely rare 17th Century ornithological engraving.
Reference: See Nissen, IVB 788.
Nicolas Robert was a French watercolorist, draftsman and printmaker, widely regarded as the most accomplished botanical artist of the 17th century. The son of an innkeeper, he made his way to Italy, where he produced his first great work, a unique album of floral paintings called the Guirlande de Julie in 1641, which established his reputation as an artist. In 1650, Gaston d'Orléans, brother of Louis XIII commissioned a set of paintings on vellum of the birds and flowers of his menagerie and botanical garden at the Château of Blois. Over the next decade he filled five large folio volumes. Robert was appointed painter to the King by Gaston's nephew, King Louis XIV, in 1664, documenting the royal gardens. The 700 original natural history paintings he produced for Gaston d'Orléans and the royal collection became the nucleus of the famous Vélins du Muséum collection of natural history studies now in the library of the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. His other crowning achievement were the 39 plates he produced for Dionys Dodart's Mémoires pour servir à L'Histoire des Plantes, a large folio published by the Royal Press, a landmark in the history of botanical illustration.
Minor age spotting to top margin. Recent hand colour.
- Nicholas Robert (1614-1685)
- Title of artwork
- Folio - Ornithology: Exotic Birds set in Landscape - Jacamar, Hummingbirds - Hand coloured
- 1700 and before
- Plate signed
- First State
- Excellent condition
- Total dimensions
- 243×380×0 mm