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Capers, gorse and a beetle (upper left). German naturalist and botanical illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717). Born in Frankfurt, Germany, daughter of a Swiss engraver, Merian was both a botanical illustrator and naturalist. Between 1675 and 1680, she published three books, with hand-coloured engravings, on plants and caterpillars and their life cycle. She also studied and described the life cycles of 186 insect species. This watercolour was published in 1693.
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