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  • Place of origin:

    London (sold)

  • Date:

    ca.1760-1770 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rösel von Rosenhof, Franz, born 1626 - died 1700 (artist)
    Hemmerich, Cornelius Heinrich (engraver)
    Rösel von Rosenhof, Johannes Augustin, born 1705 - died 1759 (artist)
    Robert Sayer (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving print on laid paper (with watermark)

  • Museum number:

    29638:227

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Z, shelf 2, box B

Physical description

Lettered illustrations of two moths, a caterpillar and two beetles. Labelled as: The Tafmine Moth; Catterpiller; The Brasy Beetle with Gold Spots.
The caterpillar is viewed almost in profile in the lower-left corner of the image.'The Tafmine Moth' ( a Death's-Head Hawkmoth) and 'The Brasy Beetle with Gold Spots' (a Brassy Beetle) are both depicted twice: the moth is shown once with its wings closed and again with them open; the beetle is shown at two slightly different angles.
The lettered illustrations are surrounded by ten much smaller images of various insects.

Place of Origin

London (sold)

Date

ca.1760-1770 (published)

Artist/maker

Rösel von Rosenhof, Franz, born 1626 - died 1700 (artist)
Hemmerich, Cornelius Heinrich (engraver)
Rösel von Rosenhof, Johannes Augustin, born 1705 - died 1759 (artist)
Robert Sayer (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving print on laid paper (with watermark)

Marks and inscriptions

'183'
Numbered top-right corner of sheet.

'Roesel del.'
Bottom-left corner of sheet.

'Homerich Sculp,'
Bottom-right corner of sheet.

'a. The Tafmine Moth. b Catterpiller, c The Brasy Beetle with Gold Spots,'
Key to illustrations, central below image.

'London Printed for Robt Sayer Print & Mapseller, opposite Fetter Lane, Fleet Street.'
Central, along bottom of sheet.

The paper is watermarked.

Dimensions

Height: 16 cm sheet (approx), Width: 21 cm sheet (approx)

Descriptive line

Illustrations of two moths, a caterpillar and two beetles, surrounded by ten much smaller depictions of various insects. Engraving print on laid paper (with watermark). After Rosel. Engraved by 'Homerich' (probably Cornelius Heinrich Hemmerich). Published by Robert Sayer, London. ca.1760-1770.

Production Note

'Rosel, del.' is lettered in the lower-left corner of the sheet. This probably refers to Franz Rösel von Rosenhof, a German landscapist and animal painter (1626-1700).

'Homerich, Sculp' is lettered in the lower-right corner of the sheet. This could refer to either:
Cornelius Heinrich Hemmerich, an engraver who specialised in natural history subjects and was active in the second half of the 18th century.

Johannes Augustin Rösel von Rosenhof, a German painter and printmaker (1705-1759).

Materials

Laid paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Engraving (printing process)

Subjects depicted

Caterpillars; Moths; Beetles; Insects

Categories

Prints; Illustration

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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