In his short career Félix Jasiński became one of the most celebrated printmakers of his generation. Beyond his peerless work as a repoductive engraver, he was a Nabis artist, a close friend of both Félix Vallotton (who painted a well- known portrait of him) and Edouard Vuillard, but his bread and butter was from print-making. Jules Hautecouer, editor of the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, commissioned an engraving from Jasiński after Botticelli's Primavera, and Jasiński spent most of the years 1890 and 1891 in Florence, studying the original painting in the Uffizi museum. With laborious care, he first etched the plate before working on it with the burin. The resulting mixed-method print, which was published in 1892, caused a sensation, appealing particularly to those who had come to see Botticelli as a precursor to the Aesthetic movement of the late nineteenth century. Amongst these was George Howard, 9th Earl of Carlisle, who owned this very impression (sold in the 1991 Sotheby's Castle Howard sale).