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The Periwinkle of Java, from Collection of Usual, Curious, and Foreign Plants

A work made of color etching, stipple engraving, and roulette, with watercolor (hand coloring), on ivory laid paper with typeset attachment.
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  • A work made of color etching, stipple engraving, and roulette, with watercolor (hand coloring), on ivory laid paper with typeset attachment.

Date:

1767

Artist:

Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty
French, 1710-1781

About this artwork

Gautier D’Agoty cited the Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus as the source of his classification of plants in this volume. The printmaker had branched out from his usual subject of anatomy, and his coloring lacks some of his characteristic vibrancy. While there are areas of color added with a roulette (the tool used to create even patches of soft color in a mezzotint), the stippled background and etched detail predominate. The letterpress text describing this particular specimen has been pasted below the image. Gautier described himself on the title page as the “Pensioned Botanist & Anatomist of the King,” praising the French monarch Louis XV for his support of the sciences.

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Artist

Jacques Fabien Gautier d'Agoty

Title

The Periwinkle of Java, from Collection of Usual, Curious, and Foreign Plants

Origin

France

Date

1767

Medium

Color etching, stipple engraving, and roulette, with watercolor (hand coloring), on ivory laid paper with typeset attachment

Dimensions

293 × 193 mm (plate); 427 × 287 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

Reference Number

2013.538

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