Ferdinand Bellermann (1814-1889). "South American Forest Scene, I." [Venezuela].
New York: S. Zickel, 1873. 15 3/8 x 21 1/16 (image) plus margins. Chromolithograph by Gustav W. Seitz. Crack in image lower left hand corner in-painted. Old repaired tear in margin. Scuffing in margins. None affecting image. Else, very good condition.
Bellerman was an artist known for his ability to paint landscapes but also accurately depict flora and fauna. In 1842, he traveled to Venezuela upon an invitation from a wealthy merchant to sketch the various plants. Between 1842 and 1846 the nation of Venezuela was formed by splitting off of Columbia. Bellerman is the first artist to tour the country extensively sketching and painting various scenes. Even though this print states it's a scene of a South American forest it is in all probability a scene in the Venezuelan jungle.
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