Date of Printing: 1879 • Medium: Lithograph (hand colored) • Subject Category: Natural History - Fishes • Signed: Unsigned • Period Created: Romantic (1800 - 1899) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: N/A • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 27.5 x 37.5 • Style: FOLIO Original Vintage • Print on Verso: Blank on verso • Condition: Excellent, with minor toning at edges • Edition Type: 1st Edition - Limited • Paper Type: Woven • Framed: Print only
Superb full-page hand-coloured lithograph depicting the species of the Sewen fish, drawn from nature by A.F. Lydon. This print comes with its associative text page, which features an attractive wood-engraving. From "British Fresh-Water Fishes" by the Rev. William Houghton. Publ. William Mackenzie: 1879. Bright color on clean, cream-olored paper.
The Reverend William Houghton (1828-1895) was an English naturalist and clergyman, noted for being the author of British Fresh-Water Fishes. He was rector of Preston-on-the-Weald Moors, Shropshire, a serious naturalist, and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. To produce this work, Houghton studied fish specimens at the British Museum.
Alexander Francis Lydon (1836–1917) was an English watercolor artist, illustrator and engraver of natural history and landscapes. He worked for Benjamin Fawcett the printer, to whom he had been apprenticed from an early age. He collaborated on a large number of works with the Rev. Francis Orpen Morris who wrote the text.
Benjamin Fawcett (1808 - 1893) was one of the finest of English nineteenth century woodblock color printers. Hand-colored wood engraving started with an accurate painting of the subject. This picture was then carved on a wooden block, standing proud in order to pick up the ink. The block was then placed in a printing press to give a black-and-white print, which was then hand-colored. The wooden print blocks were carved with meticulous attention to detail. Pear and boxwood had the necessary qualities in that they were hard and fine-grained, making them durable and capable of showing fine detail.