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Herman Henstenburgh was pie baker by profession, similar to a caterer now. His artful watercolors of flowers, fruit and insects he made as a hobby. Henstenburgh developed a special kind of watercolour, according to a contemporary so clear and strong was that it was similar to oil paint. During his life his work became known by collectors far beyond his hometown of Hoorn.

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This colour drawing with fruits, flowers and a mouse on a stone table, a great tit on a metal ring above, is in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and date ca. 1700–1710 [1]. It also shows two snails, naturalistically drawn, both Cepaea with dextral shells.

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Note:
[1] RMA, RP-T-1991-43. http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.316580.

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