An exquisite original stipple engraving from Pierre Joseph Redoute’s finest achievement: LES LILIACEES. This is Plate 146, the Lilium Martagon (Lis Martagon).
Also called the martagon lily or Turk's cap lily is a Eurasian species of lily. It has a widespread native region extending from Portugal east through Europe and Asia as far east as Mongolia.
Only 220 sets of Les Liliacees were produced!! Published in Paris, c. 1802-16.
Redoute, with the immense financial backing of Empress Josephine, produced this masterpiece - “a work that is unsurpassed in the history of botanical illustration. The time-consuming processes of stipple and line engraving, printing in colors and finishing by hand were painstakingly applied by a team of eighteen engravers. No expense was spared in ensuring the quality” (Sotheby's auction 11-10-85).
Image size is approximately 20 1/2 x 13 1/8 inches.