[Moses Harris.] The Aurelian Macaroni.
Etching, platemark 175 x 125mm (7 x 5"). Small margins.
Moses Harris (1731 - 1785 after), entomologist and artist. In his right hand is a square frame in which are displayed dead butterflies and moths, in his left a butterfly net. His hat is a large butterfly; writhing caterpillars represent his curled hair. His coat is adorned with symmetrical snails to represent trimming. Harris was secretary to the Aurelian Society, who published 'The Aurelian, or Natural History of English Insects, Snails, Moths, and Butterflies, together with the Plants on which they feed', 1766, containing forty-five plates all drawn and engraved by his own hand from life. From 'Characters, Macaronies & Caricatures, by MDarly', in an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates. Numbered 'V6' upper left and '10' upper right.
BM Satires: 5156.
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