May 11, 2017 01:00 PM EDT Asheville, North Carolina
Ends May 25, 2017


Mark Catesby

(British, 1679-1749)

The Mangrove Grape or Sea Grape, Pl. XCVI (T.96), from The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and The Bahama Islands, 1754 edition, hand colored engraving on laid paper with "J. Honig & Zoonen" watermark,

Note: In chapter 11 of  Henrietta McBurney’s book, The Curious Mr. Catesby, edited by E. Charles Nelson and David J. Elliott for the Catesby Commemorative Trust, she indicates that Georg Dionysius Ehret was the artist who etched The Mangrove or Sea Grape plate:

 "Catesby also worked with contemporary and younger artists. In 1736, the German Georg Dionysius Ehret (1708–1770) came to London from Nuremberg while Catesby was working on the seventh part of his book. With his botanical training, intuitive sense of design, and virtuoso skills as a painter—he had been trained in Paris to paint on vellum—Ehret was to become the most outstanding botanical artist of the eighteenth century to work in England. His patrons included Hans Sloane, the physician and collector Richard Mead, and several wealthy garden owners. Catesby, who probably met Ehret through Sloane, was clearly impressed by his work and began an association with him. During his period of working with Catesby, Ehret produced ten watercolors that were etched by Catesby for The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama islands, including one of smooth sumac (Rhus glabra), for which the preparatory study survives in the Natural History Museum, London. Ehret also executed two etchings for Catesby’s book, one after a watercolor by Catesby of the sea-grape (Coccoloba uvifera) and the other after his own spectacular watercolor painting of the bull bay or southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiļ¬‚ora)," p.152.

In addition to the uncolored background, this version of the Mangrove or Sea Grape uses roman numerals instead of arabic numerals for the plate number, i.e. XCVI rather than 96. It appears to be rare without the colored back ground.


Provenance:Private Collection, Wisconsin


light toning and foxing, handing grime and worn creases, small stains, pencil inscriptions verso and top right margin recto, small pin hole and restoration to two points in leaf

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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