PRINT, £65 - size: 30 x 21 cm (8" x 12")
PRINT FRAMED, £105 - size: 40 x 30 cm (16" X 12")
Framed in our white frames with mount - see more framing details here
Digital art reproduction from original book
300 gsm gesso paper
Printed in England
Authentication stamp on reverse
Limited edition of 500
In 1719, in the midst of the Age of Enlightenment, when scientific and artistic exploration was sweeping across Europe, a curios man named Louis Renard (publisher, medicine merchant and ‘spy for the British Crown’) was busy creating what is thought to be the first publication of fish in colour.
Renard’s hand painted engravings of over four-hundred fish are an amalgamation of various sources resulting in a collection of images which may be far from the original specimen. Using taxidermy, eye-witness accounts, earlier studies by artist Samuel Fallour and scientific descriptions, Renard created a portfolio of remarkable and fantastical creatures.
Just one-hundred copies of his book were produced and Renard presented it to many in his circle, including Hans Sloane (founder of The British Museum) and the Earl of Bute (mentor to King George III and the man largely responsible for the development of the Botanical Gardens at Kew Palace). Although highly fanciful, all of the fish are based on known species and as Mai Reitmeyer from the American Museum of Natural History writes "this book is an important part of the scientific literature of the eighteenth century, the new Age of Enlightenment". Recently one of the original books sold for almost £50,000 at Christies.
(Above: the hand marbled end-papers in the book are stunning)
The Shop Floor Project has produced a limited edition print collection from one of these original volumes, each one numbered and stamped on the reverse with the full name of the publication and author.