1759 Rosel von Rosenhof colour portrait

1759 Rosel von Rosenhof colour portrait

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Portrait of Rosel from his works (later hand tinting, less antique) published in 'Insecten' (1761). August Johann Rosel von Rosenhof (March 30, 1705 – March 27, 1759) was a German miniature painter, naturalist and entomologist. Inspired by the work of Maria Sybella Marian, he endeavoured to show all stages of an insects life history in life-poses where possible. To this end he raised and dissected many insects he found in the surrounding German countryside. He produced some of the most beautiful insect studies ever printed, and is recognised as an important figure in early entomology. Insects such as Rosel's Cricket are named after him, and indeed Linnaeus used many of Rosel's descriptions for his taxonomy.

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