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Longhorn beetle (Callipogon armillatum): PD.114-1973.17

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Current Location: In storage


Longhorn beetle (Callipogon armillatum)


Draughtsman: Merian, Maria Sibylla (Follower of?)




The beetle has reddish brown wing-case, the rest black with gold markings on head.

Measurements and weight

Height: 155 mm
Width: 194 mm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973) by Fairhaven, Henry Rogers Broughton


Production date: circa AD 1700

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Materials used in production

White bodycolour

Components of the work

Support composed of vellum (skin)

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : Watercolour with touches of white and some gold on vellum

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.114-1973.17
Primary reference Number: 31592
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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