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    Butterflies of North and South America

    Date
    1797
    Creator
    Maria Eleonora Hochecker (1761 - 1834, German) , Painter
    Object type
    Library reference
    Tracts_x167_11
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 262mm
    width (print): 205mm
    Subject
    Content object
    nature
       > animal
          > insect
    Description
    Two varieties of butterfly, numbered 4-5. Figure 4 lower surface of Papilio amulius [the Belus swallowtail, Battus belus, a native of South America]. Figures 5-6 upper and lower surfaces of Papilio sesonia [the Southern dogface, Zerene cesonia, a native of North and South America and the Caribbean].

    The insects shown were part of the collection of Johann Christian Gerning (1745-1802). The accompanying text states that “under the immediate care and direction of this great collector, the original drawings of this publication were executed by the celebrated Mademoiselle Maria Hockecker...”

    Plate 2 from the book Psyche: figures of non descript lepidopterous insects, or rare moths and butterflies from different parts of the world, by Thomas Martyn (London, 1797).

    Thomas Martyn was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1786.
    Associated place
    Credit
    © The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.9917
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