Lewin Bird Prints 1795


Hobby, Merlin, Sparrow-Hawk LWG5 $75
Each print measures approximately 9 inches wide by 11 3/4 inches long.

We are offering a selection of hand colored engravings from the second edition of The Birds of Great Britain, with their Eggss, a work in 8 volumes with 336 plates (278 of birds, 58 of eggs), dated 1795.  First-edition Lewin prints are available here.

William Lewin (1747-1795) was a highly regarded naturalist and natural history illustrator. His was the first attempt to include all the eggs of the British birds in a work on birds. He did not live to see the publication of his second edition, which was completed by his sons.  The illustrations are quite unlike most 18th century bird art in that they have a striking simplicity of line and a classicism that make them seem quite contemporary.  The birds are captured in captivating, lifelike poses that avoid the stiff look of many of the works of this era.

References include Fine Bird Books p.119. Dictionary of Bird Artists p. 337

Each print measures 9 inches by 11 3/4 inches with strong plate marks, on thick, creamy wove paper with some sheets bearing J Whatman watermarks.  The wide margins of each print are not fully shown in the photographs.  Each plate is nicely engraved in copperplate hand with the name of the bird, the artist and the date.  The condition is excellent for prints that are over 215 years old!

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, fax or email.

  


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