According to the near-contemporary chronicler, Johan van Gool, Henstenburgh started out by depicting birds and landscapes, and then broadened his repertoire after about 1695 to include flowers and fruit pieces. Van Gool went on to explain the extraordinary richness of Henstenburgh's colors by claiming that the artist had invented a new type of watercolour.
Henstenburgh executed many sheets of studies of insects, creating very pleasing mise-en page arrangements like the present example and lot 103.
The insects depicted here are as follows:
- Left: Migratory Locust, male (Locusta migratoria)
- Center right: Longhorn Beetle (Saperda charcarias)
- Lower right: Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis)
- Upper center: Ground Beetle (Calosoma sycophantha)
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