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'Gathering Cochineal', 1845.

Hawkins, B Waterhouse (Benjamin Waterhouse)

'Gathering Cochineal', 1845.
1 8 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 10cm


Vignette from a lithographic plate showing women collecting cochineal. Cochineal, or carmine, is a natural red dye obtained from the dried bodies of female cochineal beetles. Taken from 'The Cochineal and Lac Insects' in 'Graphic Illustrations of Animals - Showing Their Utility to Man' (1845), illustrated by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and R K Thomas, printed by J Graf, C Graf, Day & Haghe, and published by Thomas Varty.

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