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Alexander Marshal (c. 1620-82)

Blue and yellow macaws, southern hawker, wasp, unidentified bird, caterpillar and chrysalis of swallowtail butterfly, crayfish, greyhounds, cyclamen leaf, and oak eggar caterpillar c. 1650-82

RCIN 924408

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The southern hawker dragonfly, still common in southern England, was probably studied from a live insect, as the vivid eye colour fades when the insect dies. The red colouring of the crayfish, however, points to Marshal’s use of a cooked specimen.