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Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)

Grape Vine with Gaudy Sphinx Moth 1702-03

RCIN 921190

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Merian wrote of the grapes which grew wild in Surinam: ‘It is regrettable that one can find nobody interested in cultivating them; it would not be necessary to bring wine to Surinam; rather it would be possible to bring wine from there back to Holland, for the grapes can be harvested more than once a year’.