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Antique Bird Engraving of a Tucano Mangiapepe by Saverio Manetti

$ 4,500
  • Description
    Antique Engraving of a Tucano Mangiapepe,
    by Saverio Manetti,
    Plate # CCIII,
    Circa 1776

    A fine hand colored engraving of a Tuscan Magpie by the Italian artist Saverio Manetti. Manetti drew his work predominantly from real specimens. The work was one of the largest ornithology undertakings to that point in time.

    Dimensions: 25 inches high x 22 inches wide x 1 1/4 inches deep. (frame); (63.5cm high x 55.88cm). 18 x 14 in. (sheet)

    Reference: Wikipedia

    Manetti was born in Brozzi to Giovanni Bernardo and Maria Teresa Nesiscolt of Prague. His early studies were in Florence and later at Pisa where he studied botany under Pier Antonio Micheli. He graduated in medicine in 1745 and worked in Florence. In 1758 he joined the National Medical College where he studied anatomy under Antonio Cocchi (1695–1758), conducting the autopsy of Cocchi.

    Manetti was Professor of Botany of the "Società Botanica Fiorentina", a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, a Fellow of the Royal Society, learned societies in Göttingen and Montpellier, an Accademico dell'Istituto di Bologna and he maintained scientific contacts with the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus and with the main scientific circles of the second half of the 18th century.

    He was supervisor of the Orto Botanico di Firenze in Florence from 1749 to 1782 succeeding to Giovanni Targioni Tozzetti and Secretary of the Accademia dei Georgofili. With remarkable organizational effort, he secured the publication of Storia naturale degli uccelli, Natural History of the birds, a monumental work in five volumes illustrated with 600 hand-coloured engravings based on watercolor paintings.

    The book was commissioned by Maria Luisa, Grand duchess of Tuscany and the first volume was dedicated to Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo. The third volume was dedicated to Ferdinando di Brobone and the fourth to Giorgio Nassau Clavering. The engravings were made by Tuscan abbot and engraver Lorenzo Lorenzi and Violante Vanni who had studied under British engraver Robert Strange.

    (Ref: NY10162-nlir)
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: Italy
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: Hand-colored paper
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1776
    Styles / Movements: Realism
    Dealer Reference #: NY10162-nlir
    Incollect Reference #: 598959
  • Dimensions
    W. 22 in; H. 25 in;
    W. 55.88 cm; H. 63.5 cm;
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