Dr. Christoph Jakob Trew was born in Nuremberg in 1695. Trew held many positions in his lifetime, including a city solicitor, court physician, Count Palatine of the Holy Roman Empire, and adviser to the Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach. He also had an academic passion for botany. His strong interest in flowers led him to sponsor the publication of many illustrated botanical books, working closely with famed 18th century botanical illustrator and friend, Georg Ehret.
The three prints shown below come from Trew’s “Hortus Nitidissmis Omnem per Annum Superbiens Floribus”, published in the years 1750-86. According to De Belder, this rare work is “the most sumptuous of the florilegia.” The book differed from many of its kind by featuring garden and florist’s flowers painted for their beauty, opposed to their scientific appeal. The engravings were masterfully colored, and many were rendered by Georg Ehret. We hope you enjoy them!