TREW, Christoph Jakob (1695-1769) - Johann Jacob HAID (1704-1767) after A. HECKELL
Georgius Dionysius Ehret
[Nuremberg]: [n.d.]. Mezzotint, on laid paper. Cut to the edge of the image and laid down at an early date. Print size: 15 3/4 x 10 3/8 inches. Mount size: 20 1/2 x 14 inches.
An important mezzotint portrait by Johann Jakob Haid, of one of the greatest 18th century botanical artists, after an original portrait by Heckell.
Johann Jakob Haid came from a German family of artists and printmakers. Haid worked initially with the animal painter Johann Elias Ridinger, but he soon went on to found a well-known publishing house in Augsburg. This portrait is from a series which pictured those most closely involved in the publication of Trew's Plantae Selectae, and was originally bound into that great botanical work. Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-70) was the son of a Heidelberg gardener, whose predilection for and talent for drawing flowers allowed him to escape from garden labor to a wide circle of aristocratic acquaintance in Germany, Paris and England, where he settled in 1736. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1757.