Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

$150.00
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Ornithoptera richmondia, originally created by artist Helena Scott as a watercolour and ink on paper. Part of the giclee print collection celebrating the Australian Museum’s 190th anniversary, each print is limited to an edition of only 100.

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"The introduction of the Cotton plant is purely imaginative, with respect to the Larva, or locality of the Butterfly; and it has been inserted principally because the culture of the Cotton plant is at present occupying so much of the public attention... The seeds of the Cotton were imported into the colony by the Honorable the Colonial Secretary, E Deas Thompson Esq, who obtained them from St Helena..." AW Scott

Each piece is printed on archival quality paper, allowing a life of more than 100 years if cared for properly. It is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the Editor in Chief and the Executive Director of the Australian Museum.

"These drawings are equal to any I have ever seen by modern artists... whether, in short, we look to the exquisite and elaborate finishing, the correct drawing, or the astonishing exactitude of the colors, often most brilliant, and generally indescribably blended, there is no poetic exaggeration in saying: 'The force of painting can go no further.' ” William Swainson, entomologist, Sydney Morning Herald, 1851

Please note that the works in this collection have been faithfully reproduced from the originals and therefore reflect the antique paper and aged condition of the original. There may be slight age marks and pencil notgations. Many of these works have not been seen before and this collection presents the opportunity to own a unique piece of natural history illustration. 

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Size

  • A4: 210mm x 297mm
  • A3: 297mm x 420mm
  • A2: 420mm x 594mm

Frames

  • Box frames are sourced from sustainable plantation timber 
  • Frame dimensions are 20mm face and 37mm depth 
  • Available in Classic White, Matte Black, Tasmanian Oak & Dark Timber 
  • 2mm clear acrylic with 80% UV protection rating 
  • Artworks are mounted to acid-free foam core 
  • Artworks are set to the rear of the frame with a 20mm space to the acrylic 

Paper quality

  • The high quality of the paper should ensure a life of more than 100 years if cared for properly. 
  • A museum-quality, smooth cotton high white is used. It is 315 gsm with 100% cotton linters and a silky smooth matte surface. 
  • It is acid and lignin free with an excellent colour gamut. 
  • The surface has a special matte coating, designed for high-quality fine art and photographic reproduction. 
  • The term 'Giclée Print' (pronounced zhee-clay) refers to an elevation in printmaking technology. 
  • Images are printed with archival quality Ultrachrome pigment-based K3 inks onto canvas and smooth or textured fine art paper. 

Our printing partner

Vision Image Lab, our professional printing partner, also arranges framing and delivery. You can contact it directly regarding any delivery enquiries regarding this print.

Email: accounts@visionimagelab.com.au

Contact: (02) 9319 3300

Sisters Harriet and Helena Scott were colonial Sydney’s finest natural history artists. They were highly skilled professional artist, naturalists and collectors at a time when women were rarely able to pursue careers in art or science. Born in Sydney in the 1830s, in 1846 they moved to isolated Ash Island in the Hunter River near Newcastle. There, they were free to immerse themselves in the natural world around them and perfect their scientific art. The sisters’ exquisite illustrations of butterflies and moths were unusual in that they included all the stages of the insects’ life cycles and are always drawn life-size. Host plants and landscapes show where the insects lived. The sisters raised the insects themselves and used microscopes to examine tiny body parts to capture the colour, texture and details. Together, Harriet and Helena Scott created more than 500 sketches and 100 finished paintings. Only 21 of their paintings were published in their lifetime.
Expected delivery within four weeks

Size:

A4: 210mm x 297mm

A3: 297mm x 420mm

A2: 420mm x 594mm

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