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Pretty blue butterfly.. Butterflies Transformation. Humphreys

Pretty blue butterfly.. Butterflies Transformation. Humphreys


by Humphreys, H.N.

Antique print of pretty butterflies' life-cycles hand-coloured engraving c1849.

British Butterflies and their Transformations was published in London between 1841 and 1849 by William S. Orr & Co., Amen Corner, Paternoster Row... hand-coloured engravings 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).

Henry Noel 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 were undoubtedly influenced by the exquisite medieval manuscripts he studied in Italy when a young man.

Humphreys 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, 1860.”

Size: approx. 285 x 210mm (11.25 x 8.25 inches) This plate is slightly rubbed on the right of the image, as well as a small amount of spotting. Price adjusted accordingly.

Stock Number: apHb-t33Price: $55.00