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Nicolas Robert
ORLÉANS OR LANGRES 1614 - 1685 PARIS
GERANIUM BATRACHIODES
Watercolor and gouache on vellum within gold and ink framing lines;
signed in pen and brown ink, lower right: N. Rob. pin. and inscribed in gold: Geranium batrachiodes Aconiti folio Bauh. in pin.
440 by 320 mm; 17¼ by 12½ in
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Nicolas Robert was perhaps the greatest French natural history artist of the 17th century, producing considerable numbers of superb watercolours on vellum, depicting flowers, plants, birds and other animals, primarily executed for Gaston d'Orléans, brother of King Louis XIII.  Today, his works can be found in various private and public collections, but the largest number is at the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris.  This collection contains over 6,000 watercolours by the artist, including all the known drawings of birds other than those formerly in the Marcel Jeanson Collection.1

1.  Sale, Monaco, Sotheby's, The Marcel Jeanson Collection, 16 June 1988

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