Pair of Johann Weinmann Engravings of Sunflowers,
N. 371 & n. 373,
The Weinmann sunflower are both signed by Haid. The engravings within a gold and green faux green leather frame.
The engravings are N. 371, Chrysanthemum Indicum flore et semine maximum & N. 373 which depicts Chrysanthemum Indi cum and Chrysanthemum Indian.
Dimensions: 21 3/4 inches x16 3/4 inches.
Original copper-engraving, printed in colours and finished by hand. Published 1734-45 in Regensburg in the great botanical work Phytanthoza Iconographia. This was for the first time, that this technique of colour-printing was used highly successful on the continent in a botanical series. Originally this technique was founded by Taylor in Great Britain. Among the artists in this enormous botanical series were Ehret, Haid and Seutter from Augsburg working. On all plates we find their individual initials in the lower right corner.
Johann Wilhelm Weinmann (1683 - 1741) was born in Gardelegen, Germany on March 13, 1683. He settled in Regensburg in 1710 as a pharmacist's assistant and in 1712 was able to purchase his own apothecary shop. He flourished in his business affairs and this success allowed him to indulge in his great love for botany. He established a botanical garden in Regensburg published a Catalogus Alphabetico ordine exhibens Pharmaca in 1723.
In 1737-1745 Weinmann published Phytanthoza iconographia. His great work comprised eight folios with 1025 hand-colored engravings of several thousand plants. Among the artists employed to work on Phytanthoza was Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708-1770).
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