An 18th century hand colored, copperplate engraving by George Edwards depicting a bird in its natural setting. The image was ...
moreAn 18th century hand colored, copperplate engraving by George Edwards depicting a bird in its natural setting. The image was printed in England c.1740. Apprx. 9"x11.5".
George Edwards was an English draughtsman, a skilled observer of birds and one of the most prominent ornithologists of his day. He worked as Librarian to the Royal College of Physicians, where he was later elected a fellow, and was honored with the Gold Medal of the Royal Society. As the Librarian to the Royal College of Physicians, he oversaw a library of 8,000 volumes. The small honorarium he received for this post liberated him to pursue his ornithological studies and drawings. He died in West Ham, which was also his birthplace, in 1773. Edwards is considered to have almost single-handedly popularized the art of bird and animal illustration, and is thus known as “The Father of British Ornithology.” less
9.0ʺW × 1.0ʺD × 11.5ʺH
ExcellentMinor wear consistent with age and history
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