The Royal Treatment: CLAUDE AUBRIET (FRENCH, 1665-1742)

CLAUDE AUBRIET (FRENCH, 1665-1742)


PEINTRE DU ROI TO LOUIS XIV 1707-1735


Claude Aubriet was a botanical illustrator at the Jardin du Roi in Paris. Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656–1708) noticed his work and commissioned him to illustrate his 1694 Elemens de Botanique. From 1700 to 1702, he accompanied Tournefort and Andreas von Gundelsheimer on an expedition to the Middle East. There he made drawings of historical sites and the region’s flora. After returning to Paris, Aubriet continued his work with the botanists at the Jardin du Roi, contributing to Les Vélins du Roi. There, Aubriet worked in the workshop of Nicolas Robert and then under Robert’s successor Jean Joubert (1643-1707). In 1707 Aubriet succeeded Jean Joubert as the royal botanical painter. He retired in 1735.


It is unknown when these works were painted; however, given the species included are of American birds, he was likely given the specimens once his skills were perfected to respect the unique nature of these exotics.


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