"Pierre Joseph Redouté was born in Saint-Hubert in Belgium in 1759 and studied under his father Charles. He taught Marie-Antoinette and in 1805 was named by the Empress Josephine as her Personal Flower Painter. He was a teacher at the Academy of Sciences and in 1825 was decorated with the Legion d'HonneurHis name is synonymous with paintings of roses, which were always executed with remarkable delicacy and precision. He created more than six thousand water-colours for the collection of the Natural History Museum in Paris.As Professor at the Jardin des Plantes, he also wrote and illustrated several books on botany. Redouté's work is now so sought after that collections have reached prices in excess of £1 million at auction.Redouté died in Paris in 1840."