fine, clear outlines produced by steel engraving made it particularly
suitable for colouring by hand. Hand colouring itself was popular
for natural history and botanical illustration because the artist
was not limited in his choice of colours, and could produce an accurate
representation of animals and plants. Perhaps because hand colouring
of this quality was such a skilled, expensive and time-consuming
process, the artist of this work (intended for a wider market) has
coloured only the bees.