Arthur Gardiner Butler (1844 - 1925)

Studies of Five Butterflies Sold

Watercolour, over traces of an underdrawing in pencil.
Signed with initials and dated A.G.B. / 1861 at the lower right.
Inscribed Watercolour by A. G. Butler. / Artist & Engraver 1861 on a label pasted onto the old backing board.
156 x 163 mm. (6 1/8 x 6 3/8 in.)


The butterflies depicted in this drawing include, at the upper centre, a Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), flanked by two male Silver-studded blue butterflies (Plebeius argus). The two butterflies at the bottom of the sheet are both Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui).

Arthur Gardiner BUTLER

Studies of Five Butterflies


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