A pupil of Redouté, Lemire had a 'fine decorative flair and freshness of colour' (E. Hardouin-Fugier, The Pupils of Redouté, London, 1981, p. 27) .
Elisabeth-Emile Lemire, née Navarre, was the daughter of the well-known Professor of Mathematics, Thomas Désiré Navarre. She was both a musician and a painter and studied under Redouté, van Daël and Vidal, exhibiting at the Paris Salon in 1836, 1841, 1848 and 1854. In 1836, she married Adrian Célestin Sauvage, called 'Le Mire', a professor at the Ecole Polytechnique and descendent of a number of artists of the same name. Elisa Lemire, as she was known, founded a drawing academy, the Ladies Academy of Fine Arts.
A similar bouquet of flowers on vellum, with a white background, is illustrated in E. Hardouin-Fugier and E. Grafe, French Flower Painters of the 19th Century, London, 1989, p. 264.
The 'Bourbon Rose', a natural hybrid, was first discovered on the Île de Bourbon, where the inhabitants enclosed their land with hedgerows made of 2 species of roses, the Common China Rose and the Autumn Damask. The hybrid rose that was created was quickly propogated by M. Bréon, the curator of the Botanic Gardens in Paris. In 1822 he sent seeds to the French Royal Gardener and the Bourbon Rose, a robust and fragrant flower, with many petals and a globular head, soon became widely distributed throughout France.