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Maria Sibylla Merian (Dutch, 1647–1717)
Black Tegu Lizard
Pen and black ink, watercolor and gouache, on vellum
13 x 17 in. (329 x 430 mm)
Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund 1978; 2001.10
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This drawing served as the model in reverse for the engraving that appears as plate 70 in the third edition of Maria Sibylla Merian’s Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (The Hague, 1726; first edition, Amsterdam, 1705).

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