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Two beetles and two newts (?), with a pale blue and pink-flowered plant, from an album entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c'; one of the newts feigning death Watercolour and bodycolour, on vellum

Two beetles and two newts (?), with a pale blue and pink-flowered plant, from an album entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c'; one of the newts feigning death Watercolour and bodycolour, on vellum

Two examples of snakes, one red and black, entwined around a pink-flowered plant, from an album entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c'; with below a frog on its back and a clutch of snake eggs Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with white, on vellum. Attributed to: Dorothea Graff. Assigned to: Maria Sibylla Merian. School/styleGerman. Date1710 (circa).

Two examples of snakes, one red and black, entwined around a pink-flowered plant, from an album entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c'; with below a frog on its back and a clutch of snake eggs Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with white, on vellum. Attributed to: Dorothea Graff. Assigned to: Maria Sibylla Merian. School/styleGerman. Date1710 (circa).

Examples of a bug, two snakes, two frogs, a crab and a lizard eating ants, from an album entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c'; the lizard on a small stretch of land, surrounded by water Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with white (partly oxidised), on vellum. Attributed to: Dorothea Graff. Formerly attributed to: Maria Sibylla Merian. School/styleGerman. Date1710 (circa).

Examples of a bug, two snakes, two frogs, a crab and a lizard eating ants, from an album entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c'; the lizard on a small stretch of land, surrounded by water Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with white (partly oxidised), on vellum. Attributed to: Dorothea Graff. Formerly attributed to: Maria Sibylla Merian. School/styleGerman. Date1710 (circa).

Maria Sibylla Merian    from book 	 Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium (Transformations of the insects of Surinam)

Maria Sibylla Merian from book Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium (Transformations of the insects of Surinam)

The life cycle of the moth, with examples of the insect emerging from pupae, a caterpillar, and two moths on a plant with red berries, from an album of 91 drawings entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c', 1701/05, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

The life cycle of the moth, with examples of the insect emerging from pupae, a caterpillar, and two moths on a plant with red berries, from an album of 91 drawings entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c', 1701/05, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

Examples of moth, butterfly and fly, from an album of 91 drawings entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c'; on the branch of a guava tree, the life cycle of the fly, and with another caterpillar Watercolour, touched with bodycolour, and with pen and black ink, on vellum. Drawn by: Maria Sibylla Merian. School/styleGerman. Date1701-1705 (circa).

Examples of moth, butterfly and fly, from an album of 91 drawings entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c'; on the branch of a guava tree, the life cycle of the fly, and with another caterpillar Watercolour, touched with bodycolour, and with pen and black ink, on vellum. Drawn by: Maria Sibylla Merian. School/styleGerman. Date1701-1705 (circa).

A blue bird (indigo bunting) with a branch of the Suriname cherry, and a squirrel monkey holding its tail, from an album entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c' Watercolour, with bodycolour, heightened with white, on vellum. Attributed to: Dorothea Graff. Formerly attributed to: Maria Sibylla Merian. Date1705 (after).

A blue bird (indigo bunting) with a branch of the Suriname cherry, and a squirrel monkey holding its tail, from an album entitled 'Merian's Drawings of Surinam Insects &c' Watercolour, with bodycolour, heightened with white, on vellum. Attributed to: Dorothea Graff. Formerly attributed to: Maria Sibylla Merian. Date1705 (after).

Maria Merian, a German entomologist and artist, travelled to Surinam in 1699. She produced a folio-sized book (published 1726) with engraved plates based on her watercolours of the insects and associated plants of the area, to educate audiences about the tropics of the New World. her prints are amazing!!

Maria Merian, a German entomologist and artist, travelled to Surinam in 1699. She produced a folio-sized book (published 1726) with engraved plates based on her watercolours of the insects and associated plants of the area, to educate audiences about the tropics of the New World. her prints are amazing!!

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