Johann Wilhelm Weinmann. “Artichoke.” Plate 387 from Phytanthoza Iconographia Sive Conspectus. Ratisbon: Hieronymum Lenzium, 1739. 13 x 8 1/2 (platemark). Etching and mezzotint by Johann J. Haid and Seuter. Printed with colors and finished by hand. Very good condition.
A lovely antique botanical print from one of the most diverse and comprehensive series of early fruit and flower prints, issued by Johann Weinmann in the first part of the eighteenth century. The subjects are beautifully drawn and rendered with vivid color. These prints are particularly interesting because they represent an early example of color printing. The copper plate was prepared with the outline in etched line and the interior tones in mezzotint. The prints were then printed in color from the plates, and each was delicately finished with hand coloring. A large number of the drawings were done by Georg D. Ehret, the greatest eighteenth century botanical artist. Overall, a famous group of top quality eighteenth century botanical prints.