ANDREWS, James (1801-1876)
Geraniums. 1. Lady of Loretta. 2. Royal Standard. 3. Fontainbleau. 4. Gulford Beauty. [Bouquet of four varieties of Geranium]
[Pl. 4] London: [E.G. Henderson & Son, 1857-1859]. Zincograph by James Andrews, coloured by hand. Sheet size: 14 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches.
A spectacular image from one of the great 19th-century botanical artists, originally published in the very rare 'The Illustrated Bouquet'
James Andrews is now known only from the considerable body of his published botanical illustrations: - little is known of his life. Paradoxically, whilst the present image is undoubtedly one of his best prints, it is also from a work that is amongst the least known of the publications that he illustrated. Because Andrews specialised in the 'gift-book' type of botanical illustration there has been a tendancy to dismiss him as a 'serious' botanical artist: - his work forThe Illustrated Bouquet, from which the present image is taken, shows this to be a drastic under-estimation of a botanical artist of the highest order. Published by Edward and Andrew Henderson between 1857 and 1864, The Illustrated Bouquet was conceived and executed on a much grander scale than any of the other periodicals of the period. The work is very rare: only one complete set is recorded as having sold at auction over the past twenty-five years. With plates over 14 inches high produced by some of the greatest botanical artists of the time, the work as a whole was a truly spectacular undertaking: the present image is a worthy representative of that splendor, and of the talent of a great botanical artist.
BM (NH) II, p.822; Mass. Hort. Soc. p.137; Nissen BBI 847.