James GILLRAYH HUMPHREY, The Great South Sea Caterpillar - transformed into a Bath Butterfly Enlarge 1 /1


Chelsea, England 1757 – London, England 1815



The Great South Sea Caterpillar - transformed into a Bath Butterfly 1795 Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper etching, printed in black ink, from one copper plate; hand-coloured in watercolour Support: thin off-white wove paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: 1st state; published state
Impression: undesignated impression as issued
Edition: print run unknown

Primary Insc: no inscriptions.
Secondary Insc: no inscriptions.
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed verso in black pencil, 'Sir Joseph Banks independednt of the Royal / Society 1779 - 82 travelled in Newfoundland; / accompanied Cook in his expedition round the / world in the Endeavour 1769 - 1771 making valuable material [indecipherable text] collection [indecipherable text]'. Inscribed verso lower centre in black pencil, 'Gillray / extremely rare / 110 [encricled] see number 410 [encircled]'.
Dimensions: plate-mark 35.0 h x 23.5 w cm sheet 35.2 h x 24.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2013
Accession No: NGA 2013.646
Subject: Australia, Art period: Colonial, Caricature Satire: Australia by English
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from Sebra Prints, Melbourne, 2013.