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Very pretty butterflies hand-coloured lithograph by H.N. Humphreys c1843.

Very pretty butterflies hand-coloured lithograph by H.N. Humphreys c1843.

by Humphreys, H.N.

Antique print of beautiful butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalis.
Male Apatura Iris (Purple Emperor), Female, Underside, Caterpillar, Chrysalis.
Limenitis Camilla (White Admiral), Underside, Caterpillar, Chrysalis.
Quercus sessiliflora (Sessile-fruited Oak), Lonicer Pericylmenum (Common Honeysuckle).

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 c1843.

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,”

It is a pity this beautiful lithograph has soiling. Size is 285 x 210mm (11.25 x 8.25 inches).

Stock Number: apHNH16Price: $70.00