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Dutch Cabbage Engravings
Second Quarter 18th Century
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Hand-colored mezzotint engravings of cabbages or brassica from Phytanthoza Iconographia, one of the earliest examples of color printing.
Weinmann (1683–1741) was a Regensburg apothecary who organized the publication of Phytanthoza Iconographia, a huge florilegum which was not only very beautiful but which also influenced the publication of similar works worldwide. "The mezzotint process used here had been invented by Johann Teyler in the Netherlands around 1688. As practiced here by Bartholomaus Seuter (1678–1754) and Johann Elias Ridinger (1698–1767), it was really a combination of etching and mezzotint, which made possible delicate lines and a very fine grain. The addition of hand-tinting brought about unusual and subtle effects." (Hunt)
Not examined out of frame.
Wear is consistent with age and use.
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