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Six Shells

Phyllis Lucas Gallery/Old Print Center

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Antique; 18th century
Country of Origin:
ink on 18th-century antique paper
7" L x 11" H

Why We Love This

This exquisite copperplate engraving was designed by Benard Direxit in 1791 for the seminal work Histoire Naturelle Botanique, co-authored and published by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, France's most famous naturalist, an early proponent of evolution, and a forerunner of Charles Darwin. Direxit's images of oysters are among the finest examples of 18th-century naturalist engravings.
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About Phyllis Lucas Gallery/Old Print Center

Located in Midtown East Manhattan, our gallery has one of the largest collections of antique prints and fine art in New York City. With a long and storied history, our gallery holds the distinction as the first publisher of Salvador Dali’s lithographs in America and has been among the foremost of the city's dealers in antique works on paper since its founding in 1928.