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Antique Print-MALE SPARROW HAWK-SNIPE-PREY-Selby-c. 1842
- Antique print, titled: 'Sparrow hawk, male. Plate XIII.' - This print shows a male sparrow hawk with prey (Snipe). Handcoloured etching on wove (vellin) paper. Watermark: J.Whatman 1842 Description: This rare original antique print originates from 'Illustrations of Ornithology. London' by John Selby originally published 1821-1834. Imperial folio. This print from the later 2nd ed., published 1841-1846. Artists and Engravers: Made by an anonymous engraver after 'Prideaux John Selby'. Prideaux John Selby (1788 - 1867) is often called the British Audubon, for his magnificent work, Illustrations of Ornithology, was the first British natural history to render all its subjects in their exact life size, as Audubons was the first to do so for American birds. The connection actually goes deeper, for in 1826 Selby took lessons in technique from Audubon in Edinburgh, and this is evidenced in the marvelous skill with which Selby portrayed his subjects. In depicting the birds in their life size, Selby produced prints of a larger size than any other prints of the period than those of Audubon, whose prints followed shortly. Selby employed the best British engravers and colorists of the time, and the large size of the prints allowed the most advantageous display of the fine work for which these prints are known. Finely engraved, accurate in detail, wonderfully colored, and strong and dramatic in appearance, Selbys prints are some of the best figures of British birds that have ever been published. (C.E. Jackson, Bird Illustrators, p.33). Condition: Very good, given age. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully. Storage location: L8-08 The overall size is ca. 26 x 20.7 inch. The image size is ca. 16.1 x 10.6 inch. The overall size is ca. 66 x 52.5 cm. The image size is ca. 41 x 26.8 cm.
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