Date of Printing: 1870 • Medium: Wood Engraving Print (hand colored) • Subject Category: Natural History - Birds • Signed: Unsigned • Period Created: Romantic (1800 - 1899) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: N/A • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 25 x 16.4 • Style: Original Vintage • Print on Verso: Blank on verso • Condition: Good, with stain (see image) • Edition Type: 1st Edition - Limited • Paper Type: Woven • Framed: Print only
Antique Hand Coloured Wood Engraving Print of a Montagu's Harrier Bird of Prey from "A History of British Birds by
The Rev. F.O. Morris. Published by George Bell & Sons, London, Engraved & Printed by B. Fawcett, Driffield, 1870
Francis Orpen Morris 1810 -1893 - Was an Irish Ornithologist and Entomologist
The inspiration for 'A History of British Birds' came from the renowned English printer, Benjamin Fawcett, who approached Morris to write the text when Morris became Vicar of Nafferton. Morris had a reputation as a popular writer on natural history in general and birds in particular, his association with Benjamin Fawcett was to have remarkable results, particularly for the study of ornithology.
'A History of British Birds' was entirely printed and bound in the small North Country village of Driffield, Fawcett’s residence and shop. A team of women colourists under very strict scrutiny first from Fawcett, then his wife (a former colourist herself) hand colored each plate.
The engraving is in a Good condition for its age of over 140 years, some slight toning with age at the edges, with slight water stain at the far right side, unnoticable when properly matted. Please see photos.
An beautiful Engraving that will look stunning mounted and framed on your wall.