From a primitive forest that he observed on the banks of the Rio Bonito, the Count of Clarac produced a large watercolour in the manner of brown ink washes, the first representation according to nature of the Brazilian jungle. A writer and archaeologist, he was an amateur artist whose works are nowadays not very well known. He travelled to Brazil from 1816 to 1818 where he performed this composition, presented at the Salon in 1819 under the title Interior of a Forest of Brazil. This is the only work he exhibited at a Salon.
It was engraved by Claude-François Fortier in 1822, in the same direction, and at least eight copies of it are known, enhanced with watercolours, due to German artists. Another original drawing, kept in a Berlin museum, is the original used for engraving.
Size of paper sheet
Height: 75 cm
Width: 98 cm.
Engraving date: 1822
Artist: Frédéric de Clarac, 1777-1847, France
Engraver: Claude-François Fortier, 1775-1835, France
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