Antique Early 20th Century Paul Pfurtscheller Zoological Wall Chart, Caterpillar, 1911


Antique wall chart of the anatomy of the "Pieris brassicae", (today: caterpillar of the large white or cabbage butterfly). Lithograph on 2 sheets of paper, mounted on canvas. Vibrant colours, some creasing and discolouration, slightly cropped at the top, protective taping at the edges but overall very good condition considering its age and use.
Author and illustrator was Prof. Dr. Paul Pfurtscheller. Pfurtscheller (1855 - 1927) produced a series of 39 "Zoologische Wandtafeln" (zoological wall plates) to be used for higher educational purposes. Although he was a modest high school teacher by training he gained recognition by the scientific community worldwide for this outstanding work. The caterpillar is "Plate 23" in the series.

The Pfurtscheller wall charts were first published in Vienna, Austria, in 1902, by 'A. Pichler's Witwe & Sohn'. Later editions were also published by Dutch company 'Martinus Nijhoff' until 1953. This item was pubished in Vienna, Austria, by 'A. Pichler's Witwe & Sohn' presumably from 1911.
Beautiful use of colours, and it is still one of the lithographed editions, whereas later editions used offset-printing.

Lithography of course is an enormously demanding technique - especially at this large scale - which required up to 20 manual print-cycles for a single piece, since each colour had to be applied seperately. These colours of course were not supposed to overlap in the end. This process is what gives lithographs their extraordinary depth and unusual longevity to their colours.

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