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George Edwards Prints of Parrots with Decoupage Frames- Set of Twelve

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  • Description
    George Edwards Prints of Parrots with Decoupage Frames,
    The Engraver Georg Dionysius Ehret,
    Circa 1745-50

    The George Edwards engravings of twelve different parrots are mounted in a decoupage frame.

    The plate numbers are 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 174, 175, 176, 177, 235, and 293. One is signed George Edwards, AD 1745 and several have "published according to Act of Parliament 1745."

    Dimensions: 16 1/4 inches x 13 1/2 inches x 1 1/4 inch deep

    A Natural History of Uncommon Birds (1743-1751) ) by George Edwards.with 362 plates in all, with 318 of birds & the balance of various mammals, fish & insects. It was heralded as the most important of all Bird Books, both from an artistic and an ornithological perspective, and time has certainly not dimmed either its luster or appeal.

    George Edwards was an English draughtsman and 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.

    Natural History and Gleanings was illustrated for the first time many foreign species often drawn from live specimens held in captivity in London. Edwards etched his own plates and then hand-colored several copies before supervising others in the coloring. The result is a work of superb skill and breathtaking color that remains ever-popular and is now increasingly rare. Such was the impact of Natural History and Gleanings, that 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.”

    (Ref: NY9766-aarr)
  • More Information
    Documentation: Certificate of Authenticity
    Origin: England
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: painted paper
    Condition: Good. Excellent
    Creation Date: 1740
    Styles / Movements: Other
    Dealer Reference #: NY9766-aarr
    Incollect Reference #: 511538
  • Dimensions
    W. 13.5 in; H. 16.25 in; D. 1.25 in;
    W. 34.29 cm; H. 41.28 cm; D. 3.18 cm;
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