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Wheat Ear. 2. Whin Chat. 3. Stone Chat. 4. Female

  • ARTIST: Prideaux John Selby

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Henry G. Bohn.

  • MEDIUM: Etching and engraving hand-colored,

    DATE: 1854.

  • EDITION SIZE: Paper size 21 3/4 x 26 1/2" (55.1 x 67.5 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: From Selby's "Illustrations of British Ornithology", published between 1821 and 1833. This major work was etched/engraved by Selby, mostly after his own drawings, with the assistance of his brother-in-law Captain Robert Mitford. In 1816 Mitford was taught to etch and engrave by Thomas Bewick in Newcastle; he then taught Selby at Twizell House. Two volumes of text appeared, "Land Birds" in 1825 (revised in 1833) and "Water Birds" in 1833.<br><br>


  • CONDITION: Overall good condition with original color. Some minor staining in the upper margin.

  • REFERENCE: Sitwell, Fine Bird Books 1700-1900. p.141 Selby.