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Carrion Crow. Plate XXVIII.

  • 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 20 7/16 x 26 1/4" (51.9 x 66.7 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. "R. Mitford" signed in the plate.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Watermark in paper "J Whatman Turkey Mill 1823." Signed in plate R. Mitford.

  • CONDITION: Good condition with full original color.

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