[MONTAGU, ELIZABETH (1741-1832), Duchess of Manchester].
An album of forty-nine botanical paintings on vellum. Drawings dated 1761-1782.
Large 4to (the mounts 390 x 330 mm, the vellum sheets 236 x 161 mm), comprising 49 original paintings in body- and watercolours on vellum, mounted on card within wash borders, the paintings captioned in ink; in contemporary red morocco, elaborate gilt panels on sides, gilt urns on spine, gilt edges, marbled endleaves, bookplate and shelf label of Kimbolton Castle on pastedown, spine labelled ‘Drawings'.
A fine series of beautifully executed paintings of flowering plants in the style of Ehret, mostly exotic ornamentals fashionable in horticulture or plants recently introduced into cultivation. Elizabeth Montagu (1741-1832) was an accomplished botanical artist, who may have been taught by Peter Brown (fl 1758-99), court painter to the Prince of Wales, and probable pupil of Georg Dionysius Ehret. These paintings are highly skilled both artistically and technically and clearly show the influence of Ehret. One, ‘Optuntia vulgo herbariorum, the common Indian Fig, Apis violacea', dated 1769, a large Opuntia cactus, features a violet-coloured bee.
Item nr. 9522
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