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Two Grasshoppers

A work made of watercolor and opaque watercolor, with pen and brown ink, over traces of graphite, on vellum, laid down on ivory laid paper, with pen and brown ink on paper verso.
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  • A work made of watercolor and opaque watercolor, with pen and brown ink, over traces of graphite, on vellum, laid down on ivory laid paper, with pen and brown ink on paper verso.

Date:

c. 1685

Artist:

Herman Henstenburgh
Dutch, 1667-1726

About this artwork

Herman Henstenburgh was one among several Dutch artists who created scientifically accurate descriptions of plants and insects, in this case representing a member of the grasshopper species. The artist chose the relatively expensive support of vellum, a prepared calf’s skin historically used for illuminated manuscripts, to which he applied watercolors and ink over a carefully considered preliminary drawing executed in graphite.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Herman Henstenburgh

Title

Two Grasshoppers

Origin

Holland

Date

1680–1690

Medium

Watercolor and opaque watercolor, with pen and brown ink, over traces of graphite, on vellum, laid down on ivory laid paper, with pen and brown ink on paper verso

Inscriptions

Inscribed verso, in pen and brown ink: fragment of auction ledger

Dimensions

119 x 143 mm (primary/secondary supports)

Credit Line

Everett D. Graff Endowment

Reference Number

1989.166

Extended information about this artwork

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