Papilio Empedocles, Butterfly Art Print by Donovan, Natural History Illustration

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Papilio Empedocles, a butterfly 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.


This colorful illustration of a Papilio Empedocles (butterfly) is plate 17 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.

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