Jan van Huysum

Artist's Biography

A Flower Piece. In the Cabinet at Houghton.

Mezzotint engravings, 1778.
Image size 19 3/4 x 15 1/2" (50.1 x 39.4 cm).
Good condition, small loss in the upper right margin and a short 5/8" tear into the image in the upper left, repaired.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 44090
Price: $4,000.00
Publisher : Published June 25th 1778 by John Boydell engraver in Cheapside London.
Van Huysom Pinsit. Joseph Farington delint. Richd. Earlom sculpsit.

Jan van Huysum was raised in a family of botanical artists, but wanted little to do with the family business. He instead struck out on his own. He had a brilliant sense of composition and worked under a veil of secrecy that has left historians in the dark as to how he went about creating his works.

Richard Earlom was a rather talented English engraver who worked for John Boydell, a print and book seller based in London. He produced 27 of the plates included in the two-volume series “The Houghton Gallery,” which reproduced 162 paintings held in the estate of Sir Robert Walpole. This mezzotint was one of the plates included in the series.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Natural History , Botanicals