SAINT-AUBIN, Charles-Germain de
(b. 1721, Paris, d. 1786, Paris)
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Saint-Auben produced a series of "human butterflies", following the "grotesque" tradition of the period. The vignettes depict butterfly-like creatures acting out human scenes beneath rococo garlands.
The picture shows an illustration from the "Essais de papilloneries imaginaires".