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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:


  • 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)


1978 (made)


Testa, Fulvio, born 1947 (illustrator)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour on paper, mounted on card


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.


Paper; Cardboard; Pen and ink and watercolour


Painted; Hand-drawn

Subjects depicted

Man; Butterflies; Mountain


Illustration; Children & Childhood


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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