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Emile-Allain Séguy Pochoir Prints of Antique Butterflies

This is a collection of pochoir prints of antique butterflies from Emile-Allain Séguy’s book “Papillons”, published in 1925.

Emile-Allain Séguy (1877-1951) was a French decorative artist. He was well known for his Art Nouveau and Art Deco-style illustrations of the natural world, mainly insects.

Like many other Art Nouveau designers of his time, such as Maurice Pillard Verneuil and William Morris, his ornamental patterns were intended for use by textile and wallpaper designers.

Séguy was commissioned by the American textile manufacturer F. Schumacher and Co to produce this book of antique butterfly prints. He called the book Papillons, the French word for butterflies.

The book comprises 81 pochoir prints of antique butterflies arranged in 16 compositions. There were four other decorative plates of patterns inspired by the butterfly wing patterns.

Even though the butterflies in the book were illustrated for design purposes, they were based on scientific study. In the introduction, Séguy emphasises that pochoir prints are accurate illustrations of actual tropical butterflies, not fantasy interpretations.

For each plate, he includes the scientific name for every antique butterfly and their country of origin.


What Are Pochoir Prints

Pochoir prints are made by an old and obsolete method of colour stencilling. It was a labour-intensive method of stencilling popular in France in the 1920s. It was particularly popular with the Art Deco and Art Nouveau art movements.

With the pochoir technique, every different colour in a design has a separate stencil. The layers of paint (usually gouache) are applied through each stencil by hand with a sponge. The technique was good at providing accurate colour representation with each print.

Pochoir (French: “stencil”), as distinguished from ordinary stencilling, is a highly refined technique of making fine limited editions of stencil prints. It is often called hand colouring, or hand illustration


As printing technology progressed and became more mechanised, pochoir prints fell out of favour as their manual production was prohibitively expensive.

How To Download The Butterfly Pochoir Prints

Click on the title above the Seguy print that you want to download. A higher resolution antique butterfly print will open as a new window on your browser. Click on that image, and you will have the option to save the image to your hard drive.

The butterfly illustration can then either be printed at home or sent to an online print shop for a high quality print.

As well as decorative prints for home decor, these beautiful illustrations would be a great resource for crafting, like making this DIY butterfly specimen art. Either to use as decoupage, scrapbooking or with another paper crafting.

1. Papillon Plate 1

Five different butterflies on this plate discribed as follows:

  1. Papilio philoxenus – INDIA
  2. Rides priamus-poseidon – N, GUINEA
  3. Id. below
  4. Heliconius antiochus – AMAZONE
  5. Catagramma mionina – COLOMBIA
Emile-Allain Séguy Pochoir Prints of Antique Butterflies

2. Paillon Plate 2

  1. Arraandia lidderdali – SIKKIM
  2. Caîasticta teutiia – MEXICO
  3. Morpho achilîaena – BRAZIL
  4. Délias castaneus -N GUINEA
  5. Dasyophthalma cruca – BRAZIL
Antique butterfly print

3. Paillon Plate 3

  1. Gynaecia dirce – AMAZON
  2. Dione moneta – PERU
  3. Biblia antavara – MADAGASCAR
  4. Ageronia feronia – BRAZIL
  5. Mechanitis doryssus – VENEZUELA
Art Nouveau Butterfly print

4. Paillon Plate 4

  1. Heîicopis acis – GUYANA
  2. Mesosemia crcesus – GUYANA
  3. Hypna clytemnestra – BRAZIL
  4. Stichophtalma camadeva – INDIA
  5. Laxita tanita – BORNEO
Seguy Pochoir Prints

5. Paillon Plate 5

  1. Smyrna bîomfildia – MEXICO
  2. Papilio policenes – GUINEA
  3. Coiœnis dido – BRAZIL
  4. Cyresîis elegans – MADAGASCAR
  5. Tithorea bonplandi – COLOMBIA
Papillons Pochoir prints

6. Paillon Plate 6

SIKKIM is a state in northeastern India.

  1. Amesis sanguiflua – INDIA
  2. Id. Below
  3. Teinopalpus imperiaîis – SIKKIM
  4. Id. Below
  5. Cethosia bibîis – INDIA
Papillons-pochoir print

7. Paillon Plate 7

  1. Chrysiridia ripheus – MADAGASCAR
  2. Id. Above
  3. Urania leilus – GUYANA
  4. Panacea proîa zaraja – VENEZUELA
  5. Id. Above
Papillons-pochoir print 7

8. Paillon Plate 8

  1. Eribœa athamas – INDIA
  2. Adelpha melanippe – VENEZUELA
  3. Adelpha bredowi – North America
  4. Papilio krishna – HIMALAYA
  5. Hypolimnas misippus – CONGO
art nouveau pochoir prints

9. Paillon Plate 9

TONKIN, is an exonym referring to the northern region of Vietnam.

  1. Papilio demoleus – TONKIN
  2. Id. – above
  3. Cethosia cyane – SIKKIM
  4. Papilio sarpedon – TONKIN
  5. Cyrestis thyodamas – INDO MALAYSIA
Antique butterfly print 9

10. Paillon Plate 10

  1. Eupiœa rhadamanthus – INDIA
  2. Cold brookeana – BORNEO
  3. Erasmia pulchella -SIKKIM
  4. Papilio antiphates – INDIA
  5. Pyrameis myrinna ECUADOR
Pochoir Butterfly prints

11. Paillon Plate 11

  1. Callicore marchali – COLOMBIA
  2. Papilio pylades – CONGO
  3. Papilio zalmoxis – CONGO
  4. Hestia lynceus – MALAYSIA
  5. Stalachtis phlegetonia – BRAZIL
Art Nouveau Prints

12. Paillon Plate 12

  1. Delias neagra -NEW GUINEA
  2. Catagramma kolyma – AMAZON
  3. Dichorragia nesimachus – SIKKIM
  4. Elymnias Malelas – INDIA
  5. Eulepis eudamippus – INDO MALAYSIA
Papillons pochoir prints

13. Paillon Plate 13

CELEBES also known as Sulawesi  is one of the four Greater Sunda Islands. It is governed by Indonesia. 

  1. Charaxes zingha – CONGO
  2. Papilio blumei – CELEBES
  3. Argynnis chiîdrenae- CHINA
  4. Papilio tyndereus – CONGO
  5. Charaxes cognatus – CELEBES
antique butterfly prints

14. Paillon Plate 14

  1. Arachnis dilecta -MEXICO
  2. Hypsa borbonica – CONGO
  3. Hypsa dominia – CHINA
  4. Cerace stipatana -CHINA
  5. Callimorpha hera – EUROPE
  6. Callimorpha equitalis – CHINA
antique butterfly prints

15. Paillon Plate 15

  1. Délias harpaîyce – AUSTRALIA
  2. Morpho deidamia – GUYANA
  3. Anteros bracteata – GUYANA
  4. Opoptera aorsa – -BRAZIL
  5. Zeonia amazon – PERU
antique butterfly prints

16. Paillon Plate 16

BATJAN are a group of islands in the Moluccas in Indonesia. 

  1. Lyropterix apoilonia – COLOMBIA
  2. Id. Above
  3. Prothce Calydonia – MALACCA
  4. Papilio ulysses-telegonus – BATJAN
  5. Id. Above
Papillons-pochoir print

17. Antique Butterflies Wing Patterns 1

Antique Butterflies Wing Patterns

18. Antique Butterflies Wing Patterns 2

Antique Butterfly Wing Patterns 18

19. Antique Butterflies Wing Patterns 3

Antique Butterfly Wing Patterns 19

20. Antique Butterflies Wing Patterns 4

Seguy Art Nouveau Pochoir prints

Seguy also published a similar book on art nouveau instect prints.

Don’t forget to check out the other natural history prints on Pictureboxblue, including these vintage butterfly images and entomology prints.

(Some of these butterfly images were used for the DIY tea light lanterns craft)

There are many more Art Nouveau inspired prints on the site too, in the Art and Design collection, such as the Alphonse Mucha posters. For other nature form art, check out the amazing prints of Ernst Haeckel.

Shelley McAfee

Saturday 7th of January 2023

Wow, these are stunning prints; what a talented Artist was Emile Alain Seguy!!! Thank-You so much for sharing these, and for the others exquisite antique/vintage prints You provide! (Your site is now My favourite!!!)


Tuesday 10th of January 2023

Aww, thank you that's lovely to hear. Yes his prints are gorgeous.


Friday 14th of January 2022

I just had to take a moment to say, THANKY YOU SO VERY MUCH! Yes, I am shouting for joy. What you have provided here is a treasure trove of beautiful images. You have done all the work and made this not only easy to acquire and use but free. Free? Who does that nowadays? Only a person with a giving heart, a heart of gold. I have no words to say how much I appreciate your generosity. All I an say is that I wish your kindness is returned to you a thousandfold --- in the form of much good health and prosperity. Thank you. Take care, be well.


Monday 17th of January 2022

You're very welcome. I just love vintage images and want to share them with everyone as I think they deserve to be seen.

Rosemarie J Watz

Friday 17th of September 2021

Just found your site. Amazing, no other words and free? You are an incredibly generous and open-hearted person to invest so much of yourself for people you don't even know. Thank you so so much. Rose.


Saturday 18th of September 2021

Thank you so much, I just love finding wonderful old images and love to share them so everyone can enjoy them.

Rebecca Payne

Saturday 28th of August 2021

I always love receiving these posts from you. Thank you.


Monday 30th of August 2021

Thank you, Rebecca, I'm pleased you enjoyed them.


Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Thank you so much for the beautiful prints!


Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Aren't they just gorgeous, I'm glad you like them.