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.)ENQUIRE
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).