Prints are from Flore
des Jardiniers (1836)
and are approximately 9.25" x 12.25" in
size, and from Herbier General de L’Amateur (1810-1827) Size 6 ½” x 9 7/8”
Spanish Lachenalia |
Pancrase Bessa (1772-1835)
was the prized pupil of Pierre Joseph Redoute,
the great French painter
Roses 1817-24 and Les
Lilacees 1802-16, (roses
and lilies). Redoute’s great patroness was Napoleon’s wife,
Josephine, while Bessa’s was the Duchesse de Berry, to whom Bessa
gave painting lessons.
Most of the
original watercolors for his beautiful Herbier General de l’Amateur 1810-37 were given by Charles X to the Duchesse de Berry in 1826
into the collection of her sister the
Empress of Brazil.
et Fruits 1808 has magnificent stipple engravings,
but according to Blunt and Stearn in their The Art of Botanical
Illustration 1950, Bessa wasted too much of his time and energy upon small sentimental
flower books. Bessa also contributed to the collection of animal
drawings on parchment – the velins – preserved in the
National Museum of Natural History in Paris.