Emilie Vouga Botanicals
Late 19th C. Chromolithographs
Vouga Florists Anemone and Pepper Tree Vouga Christmas Rose
Vouga Cyclamen and Oak Fern Vouga Dwarf Thistle and Dog Rose
Emilie Vouga (1840-1909)
Flower Studies by Mme E. Vouga, Series 2
Wirths Bros. & Owen, New York and
London: Late 19th Century
Set of four chromolithographs loose in original wraps, as issued
15 x 11.5 inches
$800, set of four
Title Page

1. Florists Anemone & Pepper Tree
2. Christmas Rose
3. Cyclamen & Oak Fern
4. Dwarf Thistle & Dog Rose

Four delicately shaded and detailed prints of naturalistic floral arrangements against a striking pale green background. These are typical of the late 19th century Victorian genre of depicting botanicals in informal bouquets. The progenitor of the style was the great French botanical artist Pierre Redouté, whose Choix series, published at the end of his career, included bouquets of some of the specimens rather than the more typical scientific study of a single plant. This trend influenced later artists.

Emilie Vouga (née Pradès) was a Swiss painter of flowers and birds. Her flower paintings are still popular as posters today.

Colvert and Robert Wirth were Prussian-born engravers who were working in New York City as early as 1860. The firm Wirths Bros. & Owen also produced Christmas cards.

Condition: Four prints generally fine with only minor toning and wear. Printed flush to the edge, no margin, as issued. Wraps a bit soiled with some chips and short tears.

References:

Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs. France : Librairie Gründ, 1966. Vol. 8. (Vouga)

Groce, George C. and Wallace, David H. The New-York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1969. p. 697. (Wirth)