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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: Butterflies

Title of artwork:
Butterflies
Caption:
Plate XXIII
Artist:
Yeats, Elizabeth Corbet
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Chromolithography
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Yeats, Elizabeth Corbet
Title of Publication:
Brushwork studies of flowers, fruits and animals
Publisher:
Geoge Philip and Son
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1898
Curator Comment:
This image represents a selection of butterflies found in the British Isles. Subjects are arranged as if presented in a scientific display case, wings expanded. Some examples are 'unfinished' revealing the artistic process of watercolour.
Note on artwork:
Elizabeth C. Yeats trained as a teacher in the Froebel system of education in the 1890s. During her period of instruction, she developed a method of teaching painting techniques to young children and produced a series of painting manuals. The book displayed here was intended both for teachers and for advanced students. Her primary aim was that students should look to nature and paint their observations as accurately as possible. The original designs were executed in watercolour and the chromolithographic printing process accurately conveys Yeats’s selection of observed colours.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online


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