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
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
the date. The condition is excellent for prints that
are over 215 years old!
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