4 Moths, 2 Caterpillars & 2 Pupae on Oak Leaves

H Terasson
Eleazar Albin

Coloured engraving

published 1720
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: USA
    City: Washington DC
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Eleazar Albin, probably born in Germany, established himself as a watercolour teacher in London by 1708. In c.1709, he met silk weaver and naturalist Joseph Dandridge. Dandridge recommended him to Mrs How, a widow who commissioned studies of insects. Albin later accessed the exotic bird collections of Dandridge and Thomas Lowther, Duke of Chandos, and received patronage from Sir Robert Abdy of Albins, Essex, and Richard Mead, physician to the King, for the publication: ‘A Natural History of Birds’ (1731-38). Some of the 306 plates may have been designs by his son and daughter. Albin’s subsequent publications were ‘A Natural History of Spiders’ (1736) and ‘A Natural History of English Song-Birds’ (1737). He died in London, early in 1742.
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    Subjects
    leaf, caterpillar, moth
    Materials & Techniques
    engraving, coloured engraving
  • Details
    Title
    4 Moths, 2 Caterpillars & 2 Pupae on Oak Leaves
    Date
    published 1720
    Medium
    Coloured engraving
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Baynton-Williams, February 1978
    GAC number
    13722