Pierre Joseph Redouté

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Pierre Joseph Redouté
African Iris (Moroea Iridiodes)
Pen and brown ink and gouache, over graphite, on parchment; detail studies of the interior parts of the flower, in graphite.
18 11/16 x 13 7/16 inches (473 x 340 mm)
Gift of Mrs. Thomas Mellon Evans.

Preparatory drawing for Redouté's "Les Liliacées", I, Paris, 1802, no. 45.


Signed at lower left in pen and brown ink, "P.J. Redouté"; numbered, beneath details, in graphite, ""

(of volumes) Empress Joséphine; Prince Eugène de Bauharnais; Dukes of Leuchtenberg; sale of the library of Eugène de Beauharnais, Zurich, Braus-Riggenbach and Ulrico Hoepli, 23 May 1935, lot 82; Erhard Weyhe, New York; private collection, New York; sale, New York, Sotheby's, 20 November 1985, lot 45 (this sheet only; the volumes, purchased by a syndicate, were dismembered after the sale); Mrs. Thomas Mellon Evans.
Associated names: 

Josephine, Empress, consort of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1763-1814, former owner.
Beauharnais, Eugène de, 1781-1824, former owner.
Leuchtenberg, Dukes of, former owner.
Weyhe, Erhard, former owner.
Hoepli, Ulrico, 1847-1935, former owner.
Evans, Thomas Mellon, Mrs., former owner.


Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Twenty-First Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1984-1986. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1989, p. 373.