H.C. Andrews. Plate 32. “Rosa bella donna.” From Roses: or Monograph of the Genus Rosa: Containing Coloured Figures of All the Known Species and Beautiful Varieties, Drawn, Engraved, Described, and Coloured, from the Living Plants.
London: H.C. Andrews, 1805. 9 x 7 ¾ (image). Engraved, described and hand colored by H.C. Andrews. Very good condition. Extremely rare.
According to Gordon Dunthorne, in his Flower & Fruit Prints of the 18th and early 19th centuries, little is known about H.C. Andrews other than his address at 5 Knightsbridge, and his proficiency and profligacy as an engraver, colorist and author of five series of botanical publications. As with all his works, these images were drawn, engraved and colored by Andrews alone. Considering that he did most (he left the actual printing to a printer) of the work on these publications himself, from 1797 to 1830, it follows that he had time for little else.
Andrews’ Roses was the last of his botanical series. This two volume set was preceded by Botanist’s Repository, ten vol., Heaths, four vol., Heathery, six vol. and Geraniums, two vol. All of his hand colored engravings are desirable both for their fine details and their rarity. Images from the Roses are the most rare. These are exquisite and extraordinary images. (Dunthorne, item 12.)
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