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1882 Hand-Colored Lithograph WF Kirby Art Tawny Shears Moth Insect Bugs EBM1

1882 Hand-Colored Lithograph WF Kirby Art Tawny Shears Moth Insect Bugs EBM1

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This is an original 1882 hand-colored lithograph by English entomologist William Forsell Kirby (1844-1912), of several species of moths from the genus Noctua, including; the Tawny Shears or Pod Lover, Hadena perplexa (Fig. 1), the Guernsey Underwing, Polyphaenis sericata, (Fig. 2), the Cleophana anarrhini, (Fig. 3), the Double-spot Brocade, Meganephria bimaculosa, (Fig. 4), the Jaspidea celsia, (Fig. 5), the Grey, Hadena caesia, (Fig. 6), the Oncocnemis confusa, (Fig. 7), the Dianthoecia luteago, (Fig. 8), the Hiptelia ochreago, (Fig. 9), the African Cotton Leafworm, Spodoptera littoralis, (also called the Egyptian Cotton Leafworm and the Mediterranean Brocade, Fig. 10), the Valeria jaspidea, (Fig. 11), and the Ulochlaena hirta, (Fig. 12, a-b).


This 131+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Moderate foxing and aging. Small crease - left margin.

  • Product Type: Hand-Colored Lithograph; Color
  • Grade: Very Fine ++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 8 x 10.75 inches; 20 x 27 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is proud to present a rare collection of hand-colored lithographs from 1882 by English entomologist, William Forsell Kirby (1844-1912), that depict numerous species of caterpillars, butterflies, and moths from the Lepidoptera order of insects. To continue browsing this unique collection, simply click on the link provided beneath the condition paragraph. Enjoy!

This piece was illustrated by Kirby, William Forsell. There is no visible artist signature.

Keywords specific to this image: Animals, Wildlife, Entomology, Caterpillar, Nature

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