Jean Baptiste Lamarck, Three 18th-Century Shell Engravings

Jean Baptiste Lamarck, Three 18th-Century Shell Engravings

A beautiful set of three hand-coloured 18th-century engravings by Jean Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829), drawn by Henri Joseph Redoute (1766-1852), and engraved by Robert Benard.

They depict an array of attractive sea shells and were once part of the Tableau Encyclopédique et Méthodique des Trois Règnes de la Nature (1782-1832) - published by Charles Joseph Panckoucke. The details here are exquisite and the hand-colouring is of the highest order.

All three engravings are housed in fine contemporary frames.

Medium: Hand-coloured engravings on paper
Overall size: 12” x 15” / 30cm x 38cm & 20" x 16" / 51cm x 41cm
Year of creation: c. 1789
Provenance: England
Condition: Minor foxing but otherwise very good.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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