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Pretty little blue butterflies. Humphreys hand-coloured engraving c1849.

Pretty little blue butterflies. Humphreys hand-coloured engraving c1849.

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by Humphreys, H.N.

Blue butterflies antique print from British Butterflies and their Transformations circa 1841-49, published in London 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 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, 1860.”

Size: approx. 285 x 210mm (11.25 x 8.25 inches) This plate is slightly rubbed. Price adjusted accordingly.

Stock Number: apHNH32ePrice: $88.00