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MERIAN - Alligator with Snake and a Lizard.

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  • Description
    [MERIAN, Maria Sibylla; SLUYTER, P.]
    Alligator with Snake and a Lizard.
    The Hague, Gosse, 1719.

    Magnificent engravings of an Alligator with a Snake and a Lizard by J. Mulder, P. Sluyter and D. Stoopendaal after Merian, with later hand-colour, from Dissertatio de Generatione et Metamorphasibus Insectorum Surinamensium.

    Framed and glazed, overall dimensions: 53.2cm by 38.3cm by 5cm.

    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).
  • More Information
    Documentation: Ample Provenance
    Origin: Netherlands
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: Hand-coloured engraving on paper
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1719
    Styles / Movements: Other , Color
    Book References: Dunthorne 205; Hagen, Entomologica p.536; Hunt 483; Nissen BBI 1341; Pfeiffer, Merian A8.
    Dealer Reference #: 103742
    Incollect Reference #: 515062
  • Dimensions
    W. 20.94 in; H. 15.08 in; D. 1.97 in;
    W. 53.2 cm; H. 38.3 cm; D. 5 cm;
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