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Solan Gannet. [Northern Gannet]

  • ARTIST: Prideaux John Selby

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Archibald Constable & Co. and Hurst Robinson & Co. London.

  • MEDIUM: Etching handcolored,

    DATE: 1821-1834.

  • EDITION SIZE: Paper size 26 1/4 x 20 7/16" (66.7 x 51.9 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: This extra-large or deluxe sheet was folded at the bottom to fit into the publication. 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.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Watermark in paper "J Whatman 1831."

  • CONDITION: Overall good condition with full original color. This is an oversize sheet with the lower area folded up. Therefore there is a crease lower area with a small associated tear against the binding edge - repaired.

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