Post by George Beccaloni on Oct 15, 2017 16:51:38 GMT
I recently acquired this watercolour painting by Frohawk along with 3 others. I checked in his "Varieties of British Butterflies" and the same specimen is illustrated on plate 24, figs 2 & 3. The data are the same, except for the month, which is July on the painting and August in the book. Frohawk names this as a new "var." ab. sagitta-album in his book. Since he would have written the var. name on the painting if he had known it, the painting must be older. It is very likely that he copied this painting for the plate of his book! Does anyone know whether the original painted version of the plates to this book still exist? I know the Natural History Museum has a number of paintings of his which were purchased by Walter Rothschild. I am guessing that this specimen should be in the Natural History Museum London, as they have Watkins' collection...
Post by George Beccaloni on Oct 15, 2017 16:57:49 GMT
And here is the printed version of the painting. It must have been copied by Frohawk to make the plate and then the printing plate was made from that original. Do any other readers of this thread have any original Frohawk watercolours in their collections?
Very nice paintings by one of the masters of butterfly illustration. According to David Dunbar in his A History of Books (2010) the original printing plates to Varieties of British Butterflies were destroyed during the war but I do not know happened to the rest of his original paintings used in the book.