Johann Weinmann Lily & Iris Prints 1739

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Title Page
WEN1 $195
Sale Price: $125
Title Page
WEN2 $235
Sale Price: $135
Title Page
WEN3 $175
Sale Price: $95
Fritillaria, fraxinus
WAO1 $245
Sale Price: $145
Tacamahaca, Caryophillus Mexicanus
WAO2 $325
Sale Price: $225
Fritillaria Isabella
WAO3 $245
Sale Price: $145
Convolvulus, Morning Glory
WAO4 $245
Sale Price: $145
Clematis passionalis, Passion Flower
WAO5 $285
Sale Price: $165
Clematis passiflora, Passion Flower
WAO6 $295
Sale Price: $175
Caryophyllus
WAO7 $295
Sale Price: $175
Caryophyllus
WAO8 $285
Sale Price: $165
Caryophyllus
WAO9 $245
Sale Price: $145
Bellis
WAO10 $225
Sale Price: $135
Geranium
WAO11 $225
Sale Price: $135
Lavendula, Lavender
WAO12 $245
Sale Price: $145
Auricula
WAO13 $295
Sale Price: $175
Auricula
WAO14 $295
Sale Price: $175
Auricula
WAO15 $295
Sale Price: $175
Marrubium
WAO16 $215
Sale Price: $115
Pulsatilla, Pasque Flower
WAO17 $255
Sale Price: $155
Convolvulus
WAO18 $225
Sale Price: $135
Scordium, Scorodonia, Scorzonera
WEN46 $215
Sale Price: $125
Lilium Martagon
WEN25 $225
Sale Price: $135
Doronicum, Dorycnium
WEN48 $215
Sale Price: $125
Hyacinthus major purpureus
WEN49 $245
Sale Price: $145
Hyacinthus maximus
WEN50 $295
Sale Price:
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Hyacinthus orientalis
WEN51 $275
Sale Price: $175
Viola martia
WEN52 $225
Sale Price: $135
Lily, Lilium album flore pleno
WEN53 $225
Sale Price: $135
Lepidium Piperitis
WEN54 $225
Sale Price: $135
Gnaphalium
WAO19 $215
Sale Price: $115
Elatine, Elychrysum
WAO20 $215
Sale Price: $115
Gnaphalium
WAO21 $215
Sale Price: $115

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Johann Weinmann Lily & Iris Prints 1739

Recently, we were fortunate enough to secure a selection of prints from Johann Weinmann’s Phytanthoza Iconographia, 1737-1745. These rare and beautiful prints represent one of the most outstanding and innovative achievements in botanical illustration. The engraver, J.J. Haid printed many of the illustrations utilizing a new mezzotint technique pioneered by the Englishman, Kirkall, to produce 1,025 hand colored engravings.

Johann Weinmann directed a famous pharmacy in Regensburg. The Phytanthoza Iconographia was his masterpiece, a huge work in eight folio volumes which provided one of the most comprehensive botanical references of the eighteenth century. Great Flower Books describes it as a “pioneering work of botanical prints” and it remains today one of the most ambitious works ever undertaken, displaying over 4,000 species. Particularly magnificent are the tulips, iris, exotic palms and pineapples, cactus, fruit & vegetables.

The artist for the much of the work was the gifted Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770). Born of a humble family in Heidelberg, Ehret was taught to draw by his father at an early age. As a young man, he worked as a gardener first for the Elector of Heidelburg and then the Margrave of Badaen-Durlach.

The Margrave had an elaborate botanical garden, particularly renowned for its 5,000 varieties of tulips and 800 varieties of hyacinths. Here Ehret painted these splendid flowers in his leisure time. The favoritism he was shown because of his artistic talents resulted in serious discord amongst the staff & he finally resigned his position, much to the regret of the Margrave.

While working as an oarsman on the Danube, he met Johann Wilhelm Weinmann, who hired him to draw for Phytanthoza Iconographia. During the first year he produced 500 drawings for which Weinmann paid him only a fraction of the small sum agreed on, claiming Ehret should have produced 1,000 drawings during this time.

Ehret left, becoming one of the foremost botanical artists of his day, collaborating with the wealthy physician & botanist, Jakob Trew, Linnaeus, Philip Miller and many others.

References include The Art of Botanical Illustration, 1994

Each print measures approximately 9 1/2 inches wide by 15 1/4 inches long on chain-lined, hand-made paper, watermarked & light creamy in color. The colours are very fresh and vibrant, with full margins. We have tolerated a little more variation in condition than usual, as the best of these prints are so rare at an affordable price. On a few there is a little foxing or a little marginal toning, as it often found in the Weinmann. These are an exciting opportunity for the collector of rare prints as it is unusual for a large grouping to be offered so reasonably and with such fresh, vibrant colour.

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