Mantis Viridis, Insect Art Print by Donovan, Natural History Illustration
Mantis Viridis, an insect art print by Edward Donovan. This fine-art reproduction is printed on heavy 216 gsm acid-free art paper. It includes a custom-cut antique white mat, backing board and clear sleeve. Handcrafted in USA when you order.
• SMALL: 5 x 7" print is matted in 8" x 10" antique white mat.
• MEDIUM: 8 x 10" print is matted in 11" x 14" antique white mat.
• LARGE: 11 x 14" print is matted in 16" x 20" antique white mat.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
This colorful illustration of a Mantis Viridis (praying mantis) is plate 10 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.