The Bauers: Joseph, Franz & Ferdinand

Masters of Botanical Illustration
Hans Walter Lack
Published by Prestel

The Bauers explores the fascinating history of this family of talented botanical artists who defined the genre.

Joseph, Franz and Ferdinand Bauer are some of the finest botanical artists of all time, famed for their detailed works and sophisticated colouring methods. During their lifetimes, they travelled extensively in pursuit of work and adventure, creating a wealth of superb botanical and anatomical illustrations of immense scientific and historical importance along the way.

Born into an artistic Austrian family during the late 18th century, the Bauers all grew up to earn successful livings as painters. Joesph was the court painter to the Prince of Lichtenstein; Franz was employed at Kew Gardens as the ‘Botanick Painter to His Majesty’; and Ferdinand’s seminal collection of 1,500 paintings created from sketches he made during his travels in Australia formed the first detailed natural history of that continent.

The author of this magnificent volume, Hans Walter Lack, is the director of the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum in Berlin. Using his knowledge and over 200 illustrations from London’s Natural History Museum, he has created a landmark work that reveals the lives and works of these extraordinary siblings to a wider audience.

Published by Prestel

496 pages

226 illustrations


320 mm x 215 mm

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