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Scientific Illustration by Subject: Botanical/Botany:

Prestele, Joseph (1796 - 1867)


Biographical: Born in Germany. Immigrated to Iowa. Studied under Johann Knapp. Collaborated with Isaac Sprague.

Illustrated:
  • Icones plantarum selectarum Horti Regii Academici Monacensis (Illustrations of selected plants in the Royal Academy of Munich) (1812)
  • Flora Monacensis (Flowers of Munich) (1811 - 1818)
  • Anfangsgrunde zur Blumenzeichnung (Basic instructions for drawing flowers) (1820)
  • Nova genera et species plantarum quas in itinere per Brasiliam Annis MDCCCXVII-MDCCCXX (New families and species of plants found in a journey through Brazil in the years 1817-20)
  • Die wichtigsten Giftpflanzen Deutschlands (The most important poisonous plants of Germany) (1843)
  • Kurze praktische Anleitung zum Blumenmalen mit Aquarell-Farben (Brief practical introduction to flower painting with watercolors)
  • Asa Gray's Genera florae Americae (1848)
  • George Barrell Emerson's Report on the Trees and Shrubs Growing Naturally in the Forests of Massachusetts (1846)
  • Transactions of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society (1848)
  • Beckwith's Report of Explorations for a Route for the Pacific Railroad, on the Line of the Forty-First Parallel of North Latitude (1854 - 1855)
  • A Selection of Fruits of America (1861)

Drawn from Nature: The Botanical Art of Joseph Prestele and His Sons
Drawn from Nature: The Botanical Art of Joseph Prestele and His Sons
Charles Van Ravenswaay

Review from Barnes and Noble:
"This is a study of the 19th-century artist who emigrated with his coreligionists, the Inspirationists, from Bavaria to western New York in 1843. In America, Prestele, who was already an experienced water colorist and botanical lithographer, engraved on stone from drawings of Isaac Sprague for botanists Asa Gray and John Torrey. In 1848 the colony moved to Amana, Iowa. Prestele's career was interrupted and, in failing health at 62, he turned to drawing,lithographing, and coloring plates for nurserymen, whose fortunes were then rising. His sons Gottlieb and William Henry followed the same trade." (Choice) Index.

Also See:
Amana Arts Guild Center
Augusta Rose
Lilium Lancifolium Rubrum
UBC Botanical Garden: Joseph Prestele



 

 

 

 

 

 

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