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Insect Butterflies Humphreys Lasiommata Arge Antique Print


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Insects, Butterflies, Butterfly, Lasiommata, Arge Caterpillar, Chrysalis, British, H.N. Humphreys, metamorphosis

Plate 17. Arge Galathea (Marbled White Butterfly) / Lasiommata AEgeris (Speckled Wood Butterfly) Male & Female, undersides, Caterpillar, Chrysalis of both species.

Genuine antique hand colored lithograph, with applied gum arabic, after British naturalist, illustrator and entomologist Henry Noel Humphreys (1810-1879)

Published originally by subscription 1841-49, with species character descriptions by J. O. Westwood, Secretary of the Entomological Society, a revised & corrected New Edition was published by William & Robert Chambers, London & Edinburgh in 1860.

Condition= Excellent. Supplied with copy of original butterfly descriptions.

Image size = 21.5 x 28.5 cm / 8.6 x 11.4 inch

British Museum & Henry Noel Humphreys

As a naturalist and entomologist Humphreys' was most particular that his illustrations layout the comprehensive life cycle transformation from caterpillars to butterflies by virtue of the chrysalis.  His method of visually explaining the idea of "metamorphosis" so impressed the British Museum curators that they adopted his meticulous display concept. "The study of natural history is the learning of the characters with which the wonderful story of nature is written; and 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







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