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A great lecture by Ingrid Verdegem

Yesterday I attended a very interesting lecture by Ingrid Verdegem at the annual meeting of the Dutch Rose Society, about the identification of old roses with the help of antique painted rose pictures. Ingrid Verdegem is the author of the books The Quest for the Black Rose and Oeillet Flamand, and is internationally renowned for her knowledge on the field of old roses. She mentioned the fascinating rose book ‘Die Rosen’ by Carl Gottlob Rössig and told us who he was, which roses he mentioned en what his opinion was about these roses. She showed us beautiful slides from some of the old rose paintings, which were made with great detail. Also she spoke of his contemporaries, such as Andrews, Lawrance, Piñhas and Redouté, and of the differences of the printing technics that were available in the different periods. I’ve learned that the fabulous pictures of Redouté were made by the use of the stippling etching technic, enabling Redouté to bring incredible botanical detail in his pictures. Rössig used another simpler engraving (lining) technic, which were then colored by hand, also with great detail. When he died his work was taken over by other ‘artists’, but these later pictures sadly lacked the eye for detail and are no match and not to be compared with the earlier work of Rössig.
For the identification of numerous old roses these antique pictures from Redouté as well as the earlier pictures from Rössig, are invaluable and are still much appreciated. Ingrid Verdegem is a very fascinating speaker and her knowledge of old roses is phenomenal; I would love to see her garden and take a glimpse at her impressive library of old books!


Christies, Carl Gottlob Rössig (1752-1806)