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Antique print of Butterflies and their Transformations, c1849.

Antique print of Butterflies and their Transformations, c1849.

by Humphreys, H.N.

Wonderful butterfly life-cycle illustration in Humphreys hand-coloured lithograph.
Insects. 1.Papilio Machaon (Swallow-tailed Butterfly), 2.Caterpillar, 3.Chrysalis. 4.Papilio Podalirius (Scarce Swallow-tail Butterfly).. 7.Goniapteryx Rhamni (Brimstone Butterfly) – male, 8.female, 9.Caterpillar, 10.Chrysalis.
Plants: 11.Daucus Carota (Wild Carrot), 12.Prumus spinosa (Sloe), 13.Rhamnus catharticus (Buckthorn).

Original  hand-coloured lithograph arranged and illustrated by H.N. Humphreys Esq., with characters and descriptions by J. O. Westwood, Esq. F.L.S. (secretary of the Entomological Society), for British Butterflies and their Transformations published in London c1849.

Humphreys (1810-1879), was a British naturalist, entomologist, illustrator - and numismatist. His presentation of the butterflies with caterpillar and chrysalis, impressed curators at the British Museum, who adopted this method of illustrating the transformation lifecycle of insects. Humphreys lovely engravings surely echo the exquisite medieval manuscripts he studied in Italy when a young man. He wrote: “The study of natural history is the learning of the characters with which the wonderful story of nature is written.. cannot conceive a more pleasing and natural introduction to its general study than entomology, of which I think the division of Lepidoptera.. the most easy and attractive section.  H. N. Humphreys, Esq.”

Page size is 285 x 210mm (11.25 x 8.25 inches). This delightful lithograph has a slight nick out of the paper at the left hand edge, and page is slightly soiled and rubbed

Stock Number: apHNH1Price: $60.00