Pancrace Bessa Prints from
Herbier General de l'Amateur 1816

While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.

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Each print measures approximately 10 inches wide by 6 inches long

Pancrace Bessa (1772-1835) was a pupil of Redoute & Van Spaendonck. During this era of magnificent French botanical illustration, he contributed to some of the most famous works of the time, including the masterpiece, Description des Plantes cultivees a Malmaison a Navarre, in which 9 illustrations are by Bessa & 54 by Redoute.

He enjoyed the patronage of the colorful Duchesse de Berry, and her father in law, King Charles X of France. His most notable work is L'Herbier Generale de L'Amateur by Mordant de Launey & Loiseleur Longchamp 1810-1837, from which these prints originate.

The artificiality and Empire elegance that characterizes much of the work of Redoute is replaced in these illustrations by an exuberance of design and color and a grace of form that makes Bessa the last and one of the greatest in a glorious era of French illustrators. The original hand colouring is among the most beautiful we have ever seen. The paper is a creamy white, with a few sheets more toned, mostly in the margins. Each print measures approximately 10 by 6 inches.

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