Nicolas Huet 1770 - 1830 - Set of 12
Dimensions: 55cm x 49cm framed
Nicolas Huet, the son of Jean-Baptiste-Marie Huet the Elder, was the official painter for Empress Josephine’s Musée d’Histore Naturelle et de la Ménagerie. He specialized in painting, drawing and engraving animals and plants.
Empress Josephine had collected a great variety of exotic animals and plants for her Ménagerie at Malmaison. Some animals, like the group of lions, that were given by the bey of Tunis or were brought back from scientific expeditions, were considered too ferocious for Malmaison and its cheerful and placid atmosphere and were kept in the Museum d’histoire Naturelle. Thanks to the extraordinary documenting of all the animals we are well informed about their daily life and circumstances.
The engravings was excuted by Lambert Frères after the drawings by Nicolas Huet.
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