28 November 2001
Nicolas Hüet (1770-1830), Jean Gabriel Prêtre (fl.1800-1850)
A group of four original ornithological watercolours. [Paris: circa 1820-1838]. Each approximately 400 x 300mm (visible sheet area), two signed, three with contemporary pencilled inscriptions. Framed and glazed.
Nicolas HÜET. Caracara noir (âge moÿen). Watercolour and bodycolour on paper, signed 'Hüet', inscribed in pencil 'pl:342. Caracara noir (âge moÿen)'. Visible sheet area: 15¾ x 11 7/8 inches (400 x 300mm).
Jean Gabriel PRÊTRE. Martinet vieillard (Male). Watercolour and bodycolour on paper, signed 'J.G. Prêtre', inscribed in pencil 'pl.397 Martinet vieillard (Male)' and 'Gravé'. Visible sheet area: 15¾ x 11 7/8 inches (400 x 300mm).
[Nicolas HÜET]. Echenilleur frangé (male). Watercolour and bodycolour on paper, inscribed in pencil 'pl.249 Echenilleur frangé (male)'. Visible sheet area: 15¾ x 11 7/8 inches (400 x 300mm).
[PRÊTRE OR HÜET. Untitled watercolour of a sea-bird, perhaps a storm-petrel]. Visible sheet area: 15¾ x 11 7/8 inches (400 x 300mm).
A FINE SELECTION: the first three drawings were produced for Conrad Temminck and Baron Guillaume Laugier de Chartrouse's Nouveau receuil de planches coloriées d'oiseaux (Paris, Strasburg & Amsterdam: 1820-1839), a work which included 600 plates by Hüet or Prêtre. The fourth uninscribed watercolour was almost certainly produced for the same work. See C. Jackson Dictionary of Bird Artists of the World pp.299 and 399. (4)
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