1792 Stag beetle by Edward Donovan

1792 Stag beetle by Edward Donovan

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Copperplate engraving of a stag beetle (Lucanus cervus) at actual size, with Hand Colouring possibly by Donovan himself. While most plates were thinly coloured to tint the interstices of the lines of the engraving beneath, Donovan laid the paint on more heavily so that each illustration becomes a miniature in its own right. The stag beetle had been an iconic insect for illustrators since Albrecht Durer's famous watercolour in 1505.

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Keywords: 18th century, antique, artwork, british, colour, donovan, edward, entomology, european, illustration, insect, lucanus cervus, natural history, painting, print, stag beetle. coleoptera

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