Sale, New York, Christie's, 26 January 2011, lot 299
Johanna Helena Herolt-Graff was the daughter of the German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) who is perhaps most famous for the adventurous journey she undertook to Surinam, in 1699, to observe the exotic flora and fauna of the region. Johanna followed in her mother's footsteps, both literally, to Surinam, and artistically, producing attractive botanical studies such as this. The present drawing can be compared with a group of drawings by Herolt-Graff in the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschwieg. The series was probably commissioned by the Mennonite Agneta Block (1629-1704), a prominent art collector and horticulturalist.
Hinged to the mount at the upper margin. Overall in very good condition. The sheet is free from staining and the colours are strong and vibrant. The vellum has buckled and wrinkled in places.
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