2 Beautiful large botanical drawings by Bordeaux students.. Léon


Description: Beautiful large botanical drawings by Bordeaux students,
including the first work of the painter Léon Hamonet

HAMONET, Léon, Z.J. & J.Z. BARRÈRE, Lucien LAURENT and Joseph GAUBAN (artists).
Cours de botanique appliquée à l'agriculture, au commerce et à l'industrie.
Bordeaux, [1892?]. Royal folio (42 x 29.5 cm). Manuscript in pencil, ink, watercolours and gouaches on wove paper, with a calligraphic title-page, table of contents, divisional-titles, headings and captions, and 23 full-page and 3 double-page drawings, most entirely and the others partly in colour, and a double-page chart. Contemporary green half sheepskin.
€ 4,850
A beautifully illustrated manuscript course in applied botany, including agricultural, viticultural and medicinal plants as well as some used for manufacturing cloth, pigments and other industrial products, including the earliest work of the painter Léon Hamonet. It is clearly built around the twenty spectacular flower drawings, which show 21 species from 19 genera. The album was produced at least partly and probably entirely by students at a Bordeaux boarding school, Pensionnat Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, established in 1874. The double-page chart shows wine production in the Département de la Gironde (the area around Bordeaux) for the years 1847 through 1891.
Except for two of the trees in the preliminaries, all the drawings were signed by the five artists named above, who executed four to six drawings (or groups of drawings) each. Hamonet, who was about fifteen years old, produced all the drawings in the three "Ennemia de la vigne" double-page spreads and two of the large botanical drawings. The texts accompanying the botanical drawings were written by ten different authors, probably also students at the school. Léon Hamonet (1877-1953) was to gain fame as a painter in oils and watercolours, especially for his seaside landscapes.
The calligraphic leaves are very slightly browned, and the ink used for some of them has made a thin brown shadow around the letters, but the manuscript is still in very good condition, with the colours fresh and bright. The binding shows some old water damage, the stubs and plain endpapers are somewhat brittle and are tattered as a result and the marbled front paste-down has separated from its conjugate free endleaf at the inside front hinge.
  • Number: 1010836
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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