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Four-panel metamorphosis in ink and color wash, ca. 1800

While undated, this handmade metamorphosis is constructed on a laid Dutch paper of the 18th century. The same paper and watermark is present in some of the architectural drawings of Thomas Jefferson, leading us to give the item a date of ca. 1800. Each of the four panels contains twelve lines of verse narration to accompany the illustrations.

A paper facsimile makes it possible to “play with” this fragile metamorphosis, as the photographs below demonstrate.

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Sandra Stelts
Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts
Eberly Family Special Collections Library
104 Paterno Library
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA  16802-1808
Voice mail: 814-863-5388
Email: sks5@psu.edu