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Catesby/Edwards Engravings, 18th c.

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Catesby/Edwards Engravings, 18th c.

Product Name: Catesby/Edwards Engravings, 18th c.
Product/Ref Number: Engravings-Catesby/Edwards
Number of Item: 2
   Width: 15 inches
   Height: 18 inches

This is a very fine pair of mid-18th c. hand colored engravings of Parrots by noted naturalists George Edwards (1694-1773) and Mark Catesby (1683-1749). Edwards and Catesby were pioneers in the field of natural history documentation; Edwards is known as the "Father of British Ornithology." His A Natural History of Birds (London; 1743-51) was produced almost single-handedly. Edwards not only wrote the text for the book, but also made the drawings, etched the plates and hand colored the prints to be bound in each volume. Truly this work was one born of passion for the subject. The parrot subject matter of these engravings is highly desirable and the coloring of the parrots is magnificent. These folios date to the mid 18th c.; the impressions measure 7.25" x 9.25"; they have been newly framed in 22kt. white and yellow gold leaf with a fine silk mat; the interior edge of the mat is also detailed in gold leaf. Please excuse the quality of the photos as the glass gives quite a bit of distortion (also forgive the photographer). These engraving would do any fine library justice, as well as a dining room or English-style bedroom. Sold as a pair. Thanks for looking.

                             *************** THESE FANTASTIC ENGRAVINGS HAVE BEEN SOLD ****************

Price: $2,350.00

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Tags: George Edwards, Mark Catesby, 18th C. Hand Colored Parrot Engravings


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