5 July 2005
Pancrace Bessa (Paris 1772-1835 Ecouen)
A bouquet of roses, chrysanthemums, auricula, hyacinth, a poppy, harebells and other flowers in a basket on a marble ledge with a butterfly and a fly
signed 'P. Bessa' and with inscription 'Bessa 1819.' on the backing
black chalk, watercolour, bodycolour heightened with gum arabic on vellum
25½ x 19¾ in. (650 x 500 mm.)
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Bessa was appointed flower painter to the Duchesse de Berry in 1816 and in 1820 became her drawing master.
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