DRAWINGS - BOTANIC] Pierre-Jacob GUEROULT DU PAS - Set of +/- 400 original drawings of plants.
S.l.n.d. between 1708 and 1740].
In-folio, pen, Indian ink and grey wash, signed at the bottom left "Gueroult du Pas ad vivum delineavit", French and Latin names in pen at the top, many corrections and repentances by the same hand on butterflies glued in full, annotations on the back. About XXX drawings enhanced with watercolours in the 20th century.
In sheets. A few wet spots, rodent work on a few leaves...
Vast and remarkable set of botanical drawings from nature, probably composed in order to make an engraved collection, probably unpublished. The author, Guéroult du Pas (1654-1740), a painter and aquafortist from Toulon, had been a civil engineer. He started his career as an engraver late, as the works known about him do not date back to 1708, when he obtained a privilege from the king. He is best known for his marine plates and views of Paris and its surroundings. The only document relating to botany that we have found in inventories and online catalogues is a "List of plants drawn in life-size by P.-J. Guéroult du Pas, former engineer in Alençon. 1740" (5 ff. manuscripts from the Jussieu collection, kept at the Natural History Museum).
Our drawn herbarium thus sheds new light on the work of this unknown artist.
Inventory of the French collection. Graveurs du XVIIIe siècle, Paris, 1970, pp. 83-91. Catalogue de la vente de la bibliothèque de Jussieu, 1857, no 3952. OPAC Calames.
JOINT: SUSEMIHL, J.C. Fou de Bassan. [XIXe c.]. 1 pl. in-f° engraved and enhanced with watercolours. - 2 unsigned drawings of butterflies. 19th c.]. 12.5 x 22 cm, pen, Indian ink, watercolours and gouache.