Illustration from 'Insects of Surinam.’

Illustration from 'Insects of Surinam.’
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Amsterdam: 18th century. Hand-colored copperplate engraving on paper. Plate 31 from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium by A. Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) and Johanna Helena Herolt (1668-1773). Merian is a remarkable figure among natural history artists. Already a successful and published illustrator of insects, she and her younger daughter, Dorothea, left Holland for Surinam in 1701, where she compiled hundreds of drawings of insects and flowers for her landmark Metamorphosis Insectorum Surnamensium. It remains one of the most decorative yet factual works of Natural History. (Item Id: 107150)

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