Johann Weinmann Original Engravings 1787

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Malus Domesticata: Domestic Apples
WNM178 $525
Sale Price: $265
Pyrus Malus, Amygdalus Persica:  Apples, Peaches
WNM179 $525
Sale Price: $265
Mala Carbonaria: Apples
WNM180 $495
Sale Price:
$245
Pyra Comunis: Pears
WNM181 $485
Sale Price:
 $245
Pyrus, Poire: Pears
WNM182 $445
Sale Price:
 $245
Pyrus Cydonia: Citrus, Crab Apple
WNM183 $445
Sale Price:
 $225
Malus Aurantia: Citrus, Oranges
WNM184 $445
Sale Price:
 $225
Pyrus Malus: Apples
WNM185 $445
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 $245
Malus Aurantia: Citrus, Orange, Apricot
WNM186 $385
Sale Price:
 $195
Malus Citria: Citrus, Lemon, Orange
WNM187 $385
Sale Price:
 $195
Malus Aurantium: Plums, Orange, Apricot
WNM188 $445
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 $245
Malus Aurantia: Citrus
WNM189 $385
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 $195
Prunus rotunda: Plums
WNM190 $385
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 $195
Eugenia Malacensis: Malay Apple, Love Apple
WNM191 $425
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 $215
Pyrus Comunis: Pears
WNM192 $385
Sale Price:
 $195
Morus Alba: Mulberry
WNM193 $350
Sale Price:
 $175
Prunus Sativa
WNM194 $385
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 $195
Fragaria Vulgaris, Strawberry
WNM195 $445
Sale Price:
 $225
Vitis Vinifera: White Wine Grape
WNM196 $445
Sale Price:
 $225
Vitis Vinifera Fructo Rubro : Red Wine Grape
WNM197 $445
Sale Price:
 $225
Vitis Vinifer Maroc Raisin: Wine Grape
WNM198 $445
Sale Price:
 $225
Sarasus Fructu Rubro: Cherries
WNM207 $385
Sale Price:
 $195
Vitis Vinifera: White Wine Grape
WNM210 $445
Sale Price:
 $225
Sambucus Fructus: Elder Berries, Wine
WNM209 $385
Sale Price:
 $195
Ribes Grossularia: Goosberries
WNM199 $350
Sale Price:
 $175
Mespilus Vulgasris: Medlar
WNM200 $350
Sale Price:
 $175
Ribes Rubrum: Red Currants
WNM201 $350
Sale Price:
 $175
Melo Viridis: Cantaloupe Melon
WNM205 $385
Sale Price:
 $195
Melo Vulgaris: Melon
WNM203 $425
Sale Price:
 $215
Melo Reticulatus: Melons, Watermelon
WNM204 $385
Sale Price:
 $195

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Johann Weinmann Original Engravings 1745

Recently, we were fortunate enough to secure a breaker copy of Johann Weinmann’s Phytanthoza Iconographia, 1737-1745. These rare and beautiful prints represent one of the most outstanding and innovative achievements in botanical illustration. The engraver, J.J. Haid printed many of the illustrations utilizing a new mezzotint technique pioneered by the Englishman, Kirkall, to produce 1,025 hand colored engravings.

Johann Weinmann directed a famous pharmacy in Regensburg. The Phytanthoza Iconographia was his masterpiece, a huge work in eight folio volumes which provided one of the most comprehensive botanical references of the eighteenth century. Great Flower Books describes it as a “pioneering work of botanical prints” and it remains today one of the most ambitious works ever undertaken, displaying over 4,000 species. Particularly magnificent are the tulips, iris, exotic palms and pineapples, cactus, fruit & vegetables.

The artist for the much of the work was the gifted Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770). Born of a humble family in Heidelberg, Ehret was taught to draw by his father at an early age. As a young man, he worked as a gardener first for the Elector of Heidelburg and then the Margrave of Badaen-Durlach.

The Margrave had an elaborate botanical garden, particularly renowned for its 5,000 varieties of tulips and 800 varieties of hyacinths. Here Ehret painted these splendid flowers in his leisure time. The favoritism he was shown because of his artistic talents resulted in serious discord amongst the staff & he finally resigned his position, much to the regret of the Margrave.

While working as an oarsman on the Danube, he met Johann Wilhelm Weinmann, who hired him to draw for Phytanthoza Iconographia. During the first year he produced 500 drawings for which Weinmann paid him only a fraction of the small sum agreed on, claiming Ehret should have produced 1,000 drawings during this time.

Ehret left, becoming one of the foremost botanical artists of his day, collaborating with the wealthy physician & botanist, Jakob Trew, Linnaeus, Philip Miller and many others.


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