Johann Weinmann Peony, Tulip, Sunflower & Poppy Prints

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Narcissus
WET1
$325
Sale Price: $165
Cannabis Sativa
WET2
$595
Sale Price:
SOLD
Narcissus, Yellow Jonquil
WET3
$325
Sale Price: $165
Tagetes, Marigold
WET7
$445
Sale Price: $225
Sunflower, Chrysanthemum Indicum
WET8
$895
Sale Price: $445
Tagetes, Marigold
WET9 
$445
Sale Price: $225
Paeonia Mas Flore, Peony
WET10
$695
Sale Price: $345
Paeonia Mas Flore, Peony
WET11
$845
Sale Price: $425
Paeonia Mas Flore, Peony
WET12
$655
Sale Price: $325
Anemone Hortensis
WET13
$325
Sale Price: $165
Paeonia Mas Flore, Peony
WET14
$525
Sale Price: $265
Anemone Flore Rotundiore
WET15
$325
Sale Price: $165
Papaver Hortense Roseum, Poppy
WET16
$525
Sale Price: $265
Papaver  Sativum, Poppy
WET17
$585
Sale Price: $295
Papaver Erraticum, Poppy
WET18
$585
Sale Price: $295
Papaver Erraticum, Poppy
WET19
$485
Sale Price: $245
Papaver  Sativum, Poppy
WET20
$525
Sale Price: $265
Papaver Erraticum, Poppy
WET21
$485
Sale Price: $245
Papaver Majus, Poppy
WET22
$525
Sale Price: $265
Papaver Erraticum, Poppy
WET23
$475
Sale Price: $235
Papaver Hortense, Poppy
WET24
$475
Sale Price: $235
Tulipa Flore Luteo, Tulip
WET28
$475
Sale Price: $235
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Tubularia purpurea, Tulip
WET27
$875
Sale Price: $435
Tulipa Seronita Stellata, Tulip
WET29
$950
Sale Price: $
475
Tulipa Serotina Versicolor, Tulip
WET31
$875
Sale Price: $435
Tulipa Serotina Media , Tulip
WET32
$950
Sale Price: SOLD
Tulipa Major, Tulip
WET33
$875
Sale Price: $435
Tulipa Monstrosa et Albo, Tulip
WET34
$895
Sale Price: SOLD
Tulipa Odoratus, Tulip
WET35
$950
Sale Price: SOLD
Tulipa Versicolor, Tulip
WET36
$875
Sale Price: $435
Tulipa Lutea, Tulip
WET37
$950
Sale Price: $
475
Tulipara Virginiana , Tulip Magnolia
WET38
$875
Sale Price: $435
Tulipa ex albo, Tulip
WET39
$875
Sale Price: $435
Tulipa Lutex Sanguineis, Tulip
WET40
$875
Sale Price: $435
Lilium Cruentium
WET41
$475
Sale Price: $235
Tulipa Rubra Flore Pleno, Tulip
WET42
$875
Sale Price: SOLD
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Johann Weinmann Lily & Iris Prints 1787

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.

We are offering prints from the edition dated 1787,  which is identical to the 1737-1745 edition and from the original plates, using mezzotints and additional hand coloring, with the text  published separately.  This edition is held in collections world wide, including the British Museum, the Hunt Institute and Cleveland Museum.

References include The Art of Botanical Illustration, 994,  Stafleu/Cowan,  Nissen.

Each print measures approximately 10 1/4 inches wide by 17 1/4 inches long on chain-lined, hand-made paper, watermarked & in color. The colours are very fresh and vibrant, with full, generous margins and vibrant coloring.  On a few there is a little foxing or a little marginal toning, as it often found in the Weinmann.  Full margins are not shown in the images due to size, but are intact.  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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