Rosa Alpina vulgaris / Rosier des Alpes Commun

  • About the work
    Country: Greece
    City: Athens
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Pierre Joseph Redouté was one of three brothers born to a family of Belgium painters. He left home at 13, intending to work as an artist and interior decorator, but later joined his elder brother as a theater set designer in Paris. While sketching flowers in a park, Redouté was spotted by botanist Charles Louis L'Heritier du Brutelle, who became his mentor. His first botanical illustrations were for L'Heritier’s ‘Stirpes Novae’ (1785-91). Empress Josephine, who collected every known species of rose for her gardens at the Chateau de la Malmaison, Paris, commissioned Redouté to record her roses. In 1786 he accompanied L'Heritier to London, where he visited the Vineyard nursery in Hammersmith and learnt stipple engraving and color printing.

  • Explore
    alpine rose
    Materials & Techniques
    colour stipple engraving, aquatint
  • Details
    Rosa Alpina vulgaris / Rosier des Alpes Commun
    published 1817-1824
    Colour stipple engraving
    Purchased from F B Daniell, April 1962
    GAC number