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    Prideaux John Selby (1788-1867). Raven - Plate XXVII.

    A wonderful hand-colored engraving of an ominous black raven 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 spots at the left edge, outside the platemark. Mounting tape to reverse. Light penciled notations. 26.25 x 21 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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    June, 2009
    16th-17th Tuesday-Wednesday
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