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Category: Paintings & Original Artwork

This category contains paintings and original artwork.

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1. (after F W Frohawk) SIX ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS

after F W FROHAWK, (after F W Frohawk) SIX ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR PAINTINGS, A collection of six watercolour paintings which appear to be the origination for 6, of the 32 plates, in F W Frohawk's book The Complete British Butterflies published in in 1934. The paintings are executed by a very competent hand but do not have quite the same detail as the original paintings by Frohawk for his other two great butterfly books and which are now housed in the Natural History Museum. I have been unable to find any information as to the whereabouts of the originals for the 1934 book other than a letter from Frohawk to Norman Riley, Keeper of Entomology at the NHM, in which he states that these were copied from images in the earlier two volume History of British Butterflies 1924. These paintings were found with other material all of which was contained in books from the publishers Ward Lock & Co. It will be seen from the illustrations the following species are featured - Plate 2 Ringlet and Meadow Brown, Plate 6 Marbled White and Grayling, Plate 15 Purple Emperor, Plate 17 Duke of Burgundy, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers, Plate 20 Silver-studded Blue, Brown Argus and Short-tailed Blue, Plate 28 Wood White and Orange-tip. Each sheet, measuring approximately 30 x 25cms, has all the figures shown in the book together with the key numbering and are approximately 125% life-size. All but one are mounted on stiff card and in good clean condition.
Stock No. 1371
£2,000

2. 2 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS OF MOSTLY TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES,

ANON, 2 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS OF MOSTLY TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES,, probably 19th Century, by an unknown artist, competently and well executed and as illustrated, measuring 22x24cms, there are pencilled initials on both sheets but these are difficult to decipher and do not appear to be the same letters, a few slight marks but no bad blemishes, one butterfly image appears to have a 1cm area where the colour may have run, three undersides of fritillaries have silver metallic paint markings, a good opportunity to acquire decorative art work of lepidopteral material.
Stock No. 1370
£250.

3. ILLUSTRATED NOTES ON CERTAIN RHOPALOCERA….IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

ARCHIBALD WILLIAMS, ILLUSTRATED NOTES ON CERTAIN RHOPALOCERA….IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, Part one. A volume with typed 7 page introduction and 26 original water colour paintings of butterflies dated between 1931 and 1938 all with notes of capture date and location etc, bound in quarter buckram with marbled boards. Part two. A loose in folder, with 14 paintings and notes, together with a further collection of unbound sheets each with several figures of water colour paintings butterflies and some with botanical specimens, and 9 paintings of flowers dated 1944. Measurements vary but approximately 16 x 22 cm, all the studies are executed in a competent hand accurately portraying life-size images, many species are shown including Papilionidae, Pieridae and Nymphalidae commonly found in the south of France; the Swallowtail and Scarce Swallowtails are especially pleasing.
Stock No. 456
£750

4. EUROPEAN BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS....., based on Berge’s Schmetterlingsbuch

KIRBY W F (Sold for the prints in good condition – binding poor), EUROPEAN BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS....., based on Berge’s Schmetterlingsbuch, 1882, 472pp, Complete with 61 coloured lithographic plates each showing a good number of butterflies and moths often with pupae and larvae on artistic background of nectar and food plants, the plates are clean, Cassell, Petter & Galpin.
Stock No. 767
£200

5. Collection of prints 1882

KIRBY as per previous item, Collection of prints 1882, 20 prints of moths, 20 x 25 cms, sold loose, in good condition suitable for framing
Stock No. 768
£50

6. THE BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF EUROPE

KIRBY W F (Sold for the prints in good condition – binding poor), THE BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF EUROPE, 1907, 432pp, quarto, Complete with 54 finely printed colour chromolitho plates, original blue cloth binding, front cover and spine with pretty coloured figures of butterflies and moths amongst foliage, Cassell & Co
Stock No. 769
£150

7. Collection of prints 1907

KIRBY as per previous item, Collection of prints 1907, 20 prints of moths, 20 x 25 cms, sold loose, in good condition suitable for framing
Stock No. 770
£40

   

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