154 Summit Rd. Florham Park, NJ 07932 United States 973.966.9767
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$ 595


Documentation Ample Provenance
Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials Engraving, Watercolor.
W. 24 in; H. 34 in;
W. 60.96 cm; H. 86.36 cm;
Condition Excellent. Clean, crisp image. Original hand-coloring. Framed to museum specifications using archival matting, backing, hinging. Glazed with ultra-violet filtering Plexiglas.
Creation Date 1802
Description Edward Donovan (1768-1837)
The Natural History of British Fishes
London, 1802-1808
Engravings with Original Hand-Coloring

Born in Ireland, Donovan’s interests were both as a collector and an illustrator. He was invited to become a Fellow of the Linneas Society and the Wernerian Natural History Society. Both his wealth and his social stature gave him access to many of the collections of very famous scientists including Sir Joseph Banks. Eventually Donovan would open his own private museum, the London Museum and Institute of Natural History.
Publishing an illustrated work on fish was not an idle pastime for Donovan. He did more than merely oversee it. His was a ‘hands on’ approach with involvement in the drawing, engraving and hand-coloring. The finest paper, Whatman, was used as were exquisite pigments including the occasional use of silver leaf.
This fine work, although small in stature, remains one of the most sought after for its extremely accurate and enjoyable illustrations. They truly represent one man’s intense obsession with natural history.
Styles / Movements Other
Dealer Reference Number 2016 09.14.16 / 09-18-20
Incollect Reference Number 397680
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