POITEAU, Antoine (1766-1854) and Pierre-Jean-François TURPIN (1775-1840)
Grosse violette hâtive [Peach]
[Pl. 311] Paris and Strasbourg: Levrault, [1807-] 1835. Stipple-engraving, printed in colours and finished by hand with water-colour, engraved by Bocourt after Poiteau. Very good condition apart from some overall light soiling, a few minor surface abrasions in the top margin, and a skillfully repaired tear spanning the length of the top of the plate mark. Sheet size: 18 5/8 x 12 3/8 inches. Plate mark: 12 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches.
A masterpiece of pomological illustration by one of the greatest fruit painters of the 19th century, from Duhamel du Monceau's 'Traité des arbres fruitiers', a work that is rightly described by Dunthorne as 'one of the finest and rarest books on fruit'.
The production of these delightful and beautifully coloured plates involved a team of over twenty engravers, while the colour-printing was done solely by Langlois, the great French colour-printer who supervised Redouté's work. They skillfully capture the beauty and subtle richness of colour of the original watercolour paintings. The use of the coloured stipple engraving is here seen at its peak.
Poiteau, a pupil of Redouté, trained as a botanist and was employed at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Turpin, a self-taught artist, went on to illustrate a number of his own works.
Cf. Nissen BBI 551; cf. Great Flower Books (1990), p. 93; cf. Dunthorne 101; cf. Pritzel 2467; cf. Stafleu & Cowan TL2 1548.