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Bush, Tracey
British butterflies.
Additional Title(s):
Museum box
[London] : [Tracey Bush], [2004]
Physical Description:
8 cut-paper butterflies ; in box 13 x 18 x 5 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.B87 B74 2004 Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Copyright Status:
© 2020 Tracey Bush
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Each cut-paper moth or butterfly is comprised of multiple sheets of contemporary printed maps (on paper), each layer of paper cut to resemble the outline of a named butterfly specimen, the multiple layers tied together at the thorax with a bookbinder's pamphlet stitch. The portions of maps selected to form each specimen include one or more references to the species type; e.g. the Camberwell Beauty is composed of a map showing a portion of Camberwell, and the High Brown Fritillary is composed of a brown-toned map. Each specimen is affixed with an entomological pin to the bottom of a black museum box.
The interior of the box includes nine small hand-written labels, including one title label for the work, and eight labels naming each of the butterfly species: Camberwell Beauty, Nymphalis antiopa [female] (migrant from Europe); High Brown Fritillary, Argynnis adippe [male]; Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus [male]; Wood White, Leptidea sinapsis [female]; Lulworth Skipper, Thymelicus acteon [male]; Mountain Ringlet [male], Erebia epiphron; Comma, Polygonum c-album [male]; Dark Green Fritillary, Argynnis alglaja [female].
The removable box lid includes a transparent glass top. The inside of the lid is inscribed: No. 1 "British Butterflies" museum box. T Bush 2004. The Yale Center for British Art copy is unique.
Of green leaf, bird, and flower: artists' books and the natural world, p. 168
Subject Terms:
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Butterflies in art.
Paper work -- Great Britain -- Specimens.
Women in natural history.
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Cut-paper works.
IIIF Manifest:

"Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower" : Artists' Books and the Natural World (Yale Center for British Art, May 15, 2014-August 10, 2014) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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