This image shows Plate 5 from E. A. Seguy’s Papillons, one of two albums discussed in Natural Histories by AMNH visual resources librarian, Stacy J. Schiff. The colorful plate, a selection of five butterflies from Africa and several other regions of the world, is a stunning example of the pochoir technique Seguy used. Both albums, Papillons and Insectes, acquired by the Museum Library in 1930, include design compositions at the back which were intended to inspire artists and designers of textiles and other interior elements.
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