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Johann Wilhelm Weinmann

Johann Wilhelm Weinmann (1683-1741), apothecary and botanist, is noted for his creation of the florilegium Phytanthoza iconographia between 1737 and 1745, an ambitious project which resulted in eight folio volumes with more than 1000 hand-coloured engravings of several thousand plants. Weinmann employed Georg Dionysius Ehret as illustrator, who used a newly developed printing process involving mezzotint, which allowed greater detail and shading. Phytanthoza iconographia is highly regarded for the quality of its colour plates, and the accuracy of its images compared with previous herbals.

 

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  1. Group of six mezzotint engravings, printed in colour and finished by hand.
    Framed and glazed, overall size: 48 x 36 cm.

    £9,000
  2. A group of six hand-coloured mezzotint engravings of Cabbages.
    Framed and glazed in gilt frames, overall size: 28cm by 42.3cm by 3.5cm.

    £5,250
  3. Six hand-coloured mezzotint engravings of Vegetables, including turnips, onion, endive and broccoli.
    Framed and glazed in gilt frames, overall size: 28cm by 42.3cm by 3.5cm.

    £4,750
  4. Eighteen hand-coloured mezzotint engravings of Aloes in decorative pots. Framed and glazed in handmade gold leaf frames, overall size: 28cm by 42cm by 3.5cm.

    £30,000
  5. Set of 4 double-page mezzotint engravings, printed in colour and finished by hand. Framed and glazed 51 x 59 cm.

    £3,000
 

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