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Grandville's Flowers Personified


Prints by J. J. Grandville. From Les Fleurs Animées. Paris: Garnier Freres, [1867]. Octavo: images are ca. 7 x 5 1/2 inches. Steel engravings by Ch. Geoffroy. Original hand-coloring. Very good condition.

A series of delightful prints illustrating flowers personified in the form of lovely maidens and their animal retinues. Each early 19th-century female figure is richly costumed in the leaves, blossoms and garlands that designate her flower. She presides in an appropriate 'natural' setting, often surrounded by anthropomorphised insects and birds that pay her hommage. These poetic interpretations of nature are a fetching example of early 19th-century literary and artistic invention. Their charm, as well as their mischievousness, bespeak the Victorian fascination with an animated and psychologically fertile natural world, the world made familiar by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

Note on images: We try to keep as many of these delightful prints in our inventory as possible. We acquire these prints at various times, often in different editions. Rather than loading on a new image each time, we will use the same digital picture even when we acquire a different example of the print than was originally scanned. For that reason, the print listed may look slightly different--in terms of condition, coloring and language of title--than the image shown on the web. If you have any questions concerning this, please contact us.

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