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Johanna Helena Herolt-Graff
FLOWERS WITH A LADYBIRD, CATERPILLAR, BUTTERFLY AND OTHER INSECTS
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
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373
Johanna Helena Herolt-Graff
FLOWERS WITH A LADYBIRD, CATERPILLAR, BUTTERFLY AND OTHER INSECTS
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
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Johanna Helena Herolt-Graff
FRANKFURT 1668 - AFTER 1723 SURINAM (?)
FLOWERS WITH A LADYBIRD, CATERPILLAR, BUTTERFLY AND OTHER INSECTS
Watercolour, with touches of gouache, over black chalk on vellum
370 by 303 mm
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Provenance

Sale, New York, Christie's, 26 January 2011, lot 299

Catalogue Note

Johanna Helena Herolt-Graff was the daughter of the German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717) who is perhaps most famous for the adventurous journey she undertook to Surinam, in 1699, to observe the exotic flora and fauna of the region. Johanna followed in her mother's footsteps, both literally, to Surinam, and artistically, producing attractive botanical studies such as this. The present drawing can be compared with a group of drawings by Herolt-Graff in the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschwieg.  The series was probably commissioned by the Mennonite Agneta Block (1629-1704), a prominent art collector and horticulturalist.

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