We had the pleasure of seeing some photographs of these very interesting insects. We think that the art of photography might be made very useful, in furnishing the Entomologist with portraits of his gems, which he might transmit to admiring friends" Henry Tibbatts Stainton 1862.The Weekly Entomologist .
Yes certainly black and white, it was the first early reference to specimen photography I had seen and seemed of interest, as usually the collector would have sent Stainton the specimens to examine where they might be damaged in transit. I believe the collector took his insects to the local town to have them photographed. I believe Stainton, the collector and the photographer would be amazed at modern technology, where images can be sent anywhere on the planet at the touch of a button.
"Her most intriguing encounter "I once had a long talk with one of these men, a most harmless looking little Frenchman. I could not think that his crime had been a very ghastly one. He seemed smart too, and really did know quite a lot about butterflies, mentioning several genera by their scientific names"...' perhaps it was Henri Charriere, Papillon himself who boasts in his famous book of cheating wealthy butterfly collectors. A particular rarity sought in the Amazon were butterflies that were both male and female - gynandromorphs - where one side of the wings show the colour and patterning of the male and the other show the female. Charriere used to manufacture these specimens with some careful cutting and sticking and sell them to anyone who fell for it" Natascha Scott-Stokes quoting and writing of Margaret Fountaine who had a meeting in Venezuela with an escapee from a penal colony in French Guyana. Wild and Fearless 2006.
The last quote was by Natascha Scott-Stokes from Wild and Fearless, The life of Mary Fountaine. She added a small quote from the latter and her observations it might had been Charriere. I just bought the book secondhand and it has a birdwing on the cover, should have been a morpho.