About this artwork
By livelihood a pastry cook, this amateur artist specialized in painting flowers, fruit, birds, snails, and landscapes in watercolor, gouache, and oil. A relatively minor master, Henstenburgh’s virtuoso representations of the natural world belong to the larger tradition of scientific illustration of the 15th through 18th centuries.
- Herman Henstenburgh
- Two Grasshoppers
- Watercolor and opaque watercolor, with pen and brown ink, over traces of graphite, on vellum, laid down on ivory laid paper, with pen and brown ink on paper verso
- Inscribed verso, in pen and brown ink: fragment of auction ledger
- 119 x 143 mm (primary/secondary supports)
- Everett D. Graff Endowment