Merian: Ricinus
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Ricinus „Ricinus amer. Perennis“

A branch of the Ricinus plant with blossoms, leaves and buds. A big flying tropical moth and a smaller butterfly, three different caterpillars and two chrysalises.

Original coloured copper engraving by Maria Sibylla Merian, from the book „Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium“, plate No. 38, engraver: J. Mulder, Amsterdam 1705/1730

Print size: 39 cm x 27,5 cm; Sheet size: 50,5 cm x 35,3 cm

Beautiful print and colour, slight toning from a former mat, wide margins, old pencil description at the bottom margin, altogether in very good condition.