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Butterflies and Moths, XXIV: Benjamin Wilkes 1824

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  • Author: Benjamin Wilkes
  • Date: 1824
  • Medium: Hand-Colored Copperplate Engraving
  • Condition: Good
  • Inches: 10 3/4 x 8 3/4
  • Centimeters: 27.56 x 20.51
  • Product ID: 100308

Benjamin Wilkes was a talented 18th-century artist and naturalist. Born in England in 1711, Wilkes showed an early passion for both art and nature. He was apprenticed to a local artist at a young age and developed a strong skill in portraiture. However, it was his love of nature that led him to become a naturalist and illustrator. He was particularly interested in documenting the flora and fauna of the world and spent much of his life traveling and collecting specimens.

Throughout his career, Wilkes gained a reputation as a meticulous and talented artist. He was particularly renowned for his drawings of plants and animals, which were highly accurate and full of detail. Despite his success, Wilkes remained humble and dedicated to his work, and is remembered today as one of the great naturalists and artists of the 18th century.