BOTANICAL WATERCOLOURS, A COLLECTION
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- A collection of more than one thousand botanical watercolour drawings. [Germany, early nineteenth century]
Over 1,100 pen and ink and watercolour drawings (218 x 175mm.), some heightened with bodycolour, a few with albumen, a few double-page or on folding sheets with watercolour on both sides, contemporary ink captions in German and Latin, loose in 26 paper wrappers and grouped by taxonomy and titled in manuscript, the whole housed in a contemporary board box with “Grossvater Sievert” inscribed in pencil on the lid, occasional light spotting
Christian Heuer, bookplate on lid of box
A SPLENDID EARLY NINETEENTH-CENTURY FLORILEGIUM. The attribution to “Sievert” on the lid of the box is intriguing, reminding us of August Wilhelm Sievert, the noted botanical artist, but he died in 1751. Given the demonstrable talent of the present artist, it’s pleasing to think that these drawings might be by a family member.