Pierre Joseph Redouté
African Iris (Moroea Iridiodes)
Pen and brown ink and gouache, over graphite, on vellum; 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.
Signed at lower left in pen and brown ink, "P.J. Redouté"; numbered, beneath details, in graphite, "220.127.116.11.5."
(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.
Preparatory drawing for Redouté's "Les Liliacées", I, Paris, 1802, no. 45.