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Book illustration

Book illustration

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1978 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Testa, Fulvio, born 1947 (illustrator)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour on paper, mounted on card

  • Museum number:

    E.289-1982

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 2

The Butterfly Collector, published in 1978, falls into Fulvio Testa's early career as a children's book illustrator. The vivid colour in this watercolour landscape scene is typical of his style. Testa enjoys using watercolour because of its unpredictable qualities and the blotches and run-ins add character to his work. He began his career as a children's book illustrator in 1971 but he is now known as a landscape artist, generally of abstract mountain scenes. He pays great attention to his materials, using the finest hand-made paper which adds to the textural quality of his work.

Physical description

Illustration depicts a man with a net and wearing mountaineering clothes and rucksack chasing butterflies up a mountain. Eyes peep out from a cave in the mountainside. Another creature with striped tail hides behind the peak.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1978 (made)

Artist/maker

Testa, Fulvio, born 1947 (illustrator)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour on paper, mounted on card

Dimensions

Height: 21.5 cm, Width: 51.9 cm

Descriptive line

Book illustration to The Butterfly Collector, drawing of man chasing butterflies up a mountain, by Fulvio Testa in pen and ink and watercolour on paper, 1978.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Testa, Fulvio & Lewis, Naomi. The Butterfly Collector. London, Andersen Press, 1978.

Materials

Paper; Cardboard; Pen and ink and watercolour

Techniques

Painted; Hand-drawn

Subjects depicted

Man; Butterflies; Mountain

Categories

Illustration; Children & Childhood

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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