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    Prideaux John Selby (1788-1867). Common Cinereous Crane - Plate I.

    An impressive hand-colored engraving from the second edition of Selby's Illustrations of British Ornithology (London: 1841-1846). Watermarked "J Whatman 1846." In excellent condition except for a couple of minor spots and a few shallow bends in the upper right quadrant. The sheet does not appear to have been trimmed, but there is no platemark depression to the upper or left sides. Light penciled notations. 20.75 x 26.25 inches.


    More Information: Prideaux John Selby (1788-1867) was a British gentleman landowner and artist who, as a boy, had studied the habits of birds and collected them as specimens, eventually using them as portrait subjects. The prints which comprise his landmark Illustrations of British Ornithology, originally published in Edinburgh between 1821 and 1833, were the first to depict British birds in actual size. His technique is said to have been partially inspired by Audubon, from whom he received personal art lessons in 1826. Selby is considered one of the great masters of 19th century bird art, and we are proud and honored to be able to offer superb prints by this great artist.

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    October, 2009
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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