Houghton Fish Prints 1879


Graining, Dace HG38 $55
 Each print and accompanying text pages measure approximately 14 inches by 10 inches. 
Woodcut from text pages shown.

We are delighted to present yet another work printed by Benjamin Fawcett after drawings by A.F. Lydon. "British Fresh Water Fishes" is one of the most beloved books of the era and was reissued and reprinted up to 1900. This edition is the first, with 41 stunning fishes of folio size in pristine condition. Benjamin Fawcett was one of the greatest color printers of the 19th century. He pioneered a system of wood block engraving from multiple wood blocks that resulted in vivid finely colored works such as this marvelous book. This process was called chromoxylography (color wood engraving). Other examples of this original printing technique are "Greene’s Parrots in Captivity" and "Hibberd’s Greenhouse Favorites". Fawcett had an association of some 50 years with Francis Orpen Morris to produce many beautiful works on birds, including the highly successful "A History of British Birds".

The illustrations are very vivid, beautifully colored wood engravings and are among the finest of all the illustrations of fish from this period. Each fish is stunningly portrayed in its native habitat, accompanied by a chapter of text headed with a scenic wood cut. Ref: "Benjamin Fawcett, Engraver & Color Printer", 1988 p178.

The prints are in remarkable condition, with the colors of a beauty and vividness still fresh and vibrant to this day. The paper has remained quite white and the colors very intense. Each print measures approximately 14 inches by 10 inches with generous margins. There is no foxing.

These prints are original antique prints about 120 years old and guaranteed to be authentic. In our opinion, this is Fawcett's finest work on fishes and is becoming ever more scarcer and expensive.

We accept credit cards, PayPal, checks, and money orders. Washington state residents pay Washington state sales tax. Shipping for this item is $8.95. Items can be combined to save on postage. Our environment is smoke free. We pack professionally using only new materials. All items are beautifully wrapped and suitable for sending directly as gifts. You may return any item within 7 days if not satisfied. To order, you may call us at 1-888-PANTEEK or email panteek@aol.com.


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