Mantis Gigas, Insect Art Print by Donovan, Natural History Illustration
Mantis Gigas, an insect art print by Edward Donovan. This fine-art reproduction is printed on heavy 216 gsm acid-free art paper. Handcrafted in USA when you order.
Note: Frames and mats are for display purposes only and are not included.
• SMALL: 5 x 7" print - fits standard 5 x 7" frame.
• MEDIUM: 8 x 10" - fits standard 8 x 10" frame.
• LARGE: 11 x 14" - fits standard 11 x 14" frame.
This colorful illustration of a Mantis Gigas (praying mantis) is plate 9 from a book titled "Insects of India" by Edward Donovan, first published in London in 1800. The book illustrated the natural history of the insects of India and the islands in the Indian seas. It contained 250 colorful butterfly and insect plates. It is interesting to note that Donovan never ventured beyond London, yet created exquisite drawings of exotic insects purchased mainly at auctions of specimens brought back from England's voyages of exploration.