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Merian - A Group of Six Flowers, Insects and Fruits.

1719

US$18,756.37

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[MERIAN, Maria Sibyl]. A Group of Six Flowers, Insects and Fruits. The Hague, Gosse, 1719. A group of six engravings by J. Mulder, P. Sluyter and D. Stoopendaal after Merian, with later hand-colour, of flowers, fruits and insects from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphasibus Insectorum Surinamensium. Framed and glazed, overall dimensions: 38.2cm by 53.2cm. Superb engravings which depict the metamorphoses of South American insects and the exotic plants on which they feed. Maria Sybilla, daughter of the German engraver and publisher Matthias Merian, devoted herself to the study of European insects and their metamorphoses. As a result of the wealth of tropical varieties being brought back by the Dutch West Indies Company, she decided to visit the Dutch colony of Surinam herself to study and paint the insect life there. She sailed with her daughter Dorothea on June 1699 from Amsterdam, and remained in Surinam until 1701. Her work, first published in 1705, 'gave an unprecedented glimpse of the teeming insect life of tropical South America, with gorgeous butterflies flying around luxuriant flowering or fruiting plants and with large many-coloured caterpillars crawling over the leaves. [The plates] have earned Maria Merian an honoured place in the history of tropical entomology as also in botanical illustration' (W.T. Stearn, introduction to The wondrous transformation of caterpillars, 1978).

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  • Creation Year
    1719
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.95 in. (53.2 cm)Width: 15.04 in. (38.2 cm)Depth: 1.38 in. (3.5 cm)
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    38.2cm by 53.2cm by 3.5cm Price: US$18,756
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  • After
    Maria Sibylla Merian (1647 - 1717, Dutch)
  • Period
    1710-1719
  • Condition
    These prints come in hand painted, handmade frames with cream slips, with conservation Art Glass.
  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 1037381stDibs: LU141927999572

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