Insect Prints Showing Butterfly Transformations & Metamorphoses

Insect prints showing butterfly transformations & metamorphoses by various 18th and 19th Century entomologists including Maria Sybilla Merian, who pioneered her theories on the subject.  Most of the antique prints are available,  so keep scrolling down to see all of our collection.

Insect prints showing butterfly transformations by Maria Sybilla Merian: Roses and Butterflies.

This extraordinary set of insect prints showing butterfly transformations & metamorphoses consists of three pieces.  The exquisite set of antique rose and caterpillar prints are hand colored engravings date to 1730 Amsterdam.  It is the rare work of Maria Sybilla Merian and her Insects of Europe. Her insect prints showing transformations & metamorphosis are a trademark of her work on art & entomology.  Each piece measures 9×11″ and has been framed with archival materials.  Shoud be sold as a trio for $1200.  

Insect prints showing butterfly transformations by Maria Sybilla Merian for Insects of Europe:

Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian coming from her Insects of Europe, published in Amsterdam in 1730 by Maria Sybilla Merian’s daughters Dorthea & Maria.  These are hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid rag.  Framed using the finest archival materials, each piece measures 11 1/2 x 12.”  The high end molding is dark green and gilt gold leaf.  Call 413-245-4197.

Insect Prints showing transformations & butterfly metamorphosis:  Insects of Europe by Maria Sybilla Merian.

These insect prints showing butterfly transformations & metamorphoses are by Maria Sybilla Merian. She pioneered her theories on the subject & roused medieval thinking once and for all.  Each piece is a hand colored copper plate engraving on hand made hand laid linen rag paper from 1730.    Small pieces of art, just measuring @ 7 x 8 1/4.” The prices vary from $150 and up. Click here to contact us.

Insects of Europe was revolutionary, changing Medieval thought forever.

Insects Prints from Insects of Europe by Maria Sybilla Merian.  An AMAZING work on European Entomology was published in Amsterdam in 1730.  Maria Sybilla Merian was the first person, a pioneering woman, to explain through these stunning illustrations, the transformation & metamorphoses of butterflies, moths and other insects. Her work on butterflies and moths on Insects of Europe was revolutionary, changing Medieval thought forever.  An incredible woman lead this significant discovery, and to proved the stages of the transformation to the male dominated world of science.  Up to this time,  it was thought that butterflies were birthed from various sources, rather than from a cocoon or pupa.  She was enthralled with insects at a very young age collecting and studying them.  Women were not allowed to work in oils, only men were permitted so she worked in water colors.  Another huge influence on her life’s passion for creating these remarkable insect prints was that her step father was a famous publisher!

Seguy Insectes Papillons – Rare Pochoir Art by Emile Allain Séguy!

Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium

Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam Bananas Engraving
Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam Bananas Engraving Call for availability 413-245-4197

A famous & rare work authored by Maria Sybilla Merian with depictions of insect transformations. Entitled Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium, Maria Sybilla Merian’s daughters worked on the “Insects of Surinam” which was published in 1730. These prints are hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid linen rag.  Each old print measures 14 x 20 1/2.” 

Insect prints showing transformations & butterfly metamorphosis.

The unusual antique insect prints come from Maria Sibylla Merian’s work entitled Metamorphosibus Insectorum Surinamensium. Published in The Hague, The Netherlands in 1730. The work features the insects and plants of Surinam in the Dutch Colony of South America. Fantastic composition and stunning details make this rare work one of the most sought after botanical or insect works in existence. After viewing a collection of insects from South America inspired Merian and her daughter Dorothea Maria to embark on an expedition to Surinam, on the North East corner of South America. She proposed the concept of transformation in Medieval times, to a male run society. She was going to provide proof to the contrary by documenting the transformation, first in water color and then engraved.

 

Engraved for books, Merian’s modern theory on metamorphosis disproved Medieval thinking.

Merian’s large folio was the result of going to such a remote area, a remarkable adventure for a young woman. It took her months to get to there and months to get back to Europe. And later lead to her death. Thankfully her daughters helped to complete this magnificent work on transformations. Her work focused on Surinamese flora and the entomology there. Her Insects of Surinam and Insects of Europe illustrate the Transformations & Metamorphosis of Insects and the plants on which they fed. Considered as some of the most famous documents published on the subject of Insect transformation during the 18th Century. Considered a revolutionary woman of her day, Merian is considered to have been one of the most significant contributors to the developmental stage of the field of entomology (a branch of zoology that deals with insects). She was a life-long dedicated entomologist. She also worked as a botanical artist, portraying insects with their host plants. Maria Sibylla Merian described the life cycles of some 186 insect species. Her specific area of interest, in the metamorphosis of insects, was the life cycles of moths and butterflies.

 

1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Grapes from Insects of Surinam
Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Grapes from Insects of Surinam 1730 $3500.
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam
Insect Prints Maria Sibylla Merian Pommegranate $2600.
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Castor from Insects of Surinam
1730 Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Castor from Insects of Surinam $2700.
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam
1730 Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Surinam Lemon $2800.
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Cocoa from Insects of Surinam
1730 Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Cocoa from Insects of Surinam $3000.
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Figs from Insects of Surinam
1730 Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Figs from Insects of Surinam
Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam
Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of SurinamPotato and Snake. Call for Availability.
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Entomology from Insects of Surinam
1730 Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Entomology from Insects of Surinam $2200.
Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam Plate 39 /85
Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam Plate 39 /85 $1200.
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Vanilla from Insects of Surinam
Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Magnificent Vanilla Plant. Engraving by Maria Sybilla Merian’s Daughter. 1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Vanilla from Insects of Surinam $2800.
1730 Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam
1730 Insect Prints Maria Sybilla Merian Insects of Surinam $2000.

Insect Prints by Moses Harris. The Aurelian, 1796. Rare Hand Colored Engravings.

Insect Prints showing transformations & butterfly metamorphosis.Moses Harris Aurelian. Hand Colored Insect Prints. These beautiful old butterfly prints are the work of Moses Harris, coming from his great work on Butterflies entitled The “Aurelian.” These are gorgeous, water colored engravings on hand made rag. These Butterfly Prints were produced in England in 1796, by Moses Harris – Chief of the Lepidoptera Society(or Butterfly Society). And an EXPERT ON COLOR! He was the first to illustrate the color wheel we still use  today. 

These lovely old engravings at perfectly to 16 x 20″ (the prints  measure about 14 x 17″)    Click here to contact us.

Seguy Insectes Papillons – Rare Pochoir Art by Emile Allain Séguy!

 

Oliver Goldsmith Entomology. Antique Hand Colored Engravings of Beetles, 1850.

Oliver Goldsmith Entomology.  Insect prints showing butterfly transformations.  Hand Colored Engravings. Published in Edinburg, Scotland in 1850. Each old print measures 6 1/2 x 10″ Click here to contact us.

Baron Cuvier Entomology Prints. Beautiful 19th Century Engravings of Bugs!

Insect prints showing butterfly transformations.  Baron Cuvier Entomology Engravings, published in 1805. These are  black & white English copper plate engravings on rag paper.  Each old print measures 6×9″ Click here to contact us.

Antique hand colored Butterfly engravings c.1800, framed with archival materials.


Vintage hand colored butterfly engravings. Trio of c.1800 butterfly engravings with archival framing, in walnut burl veneer. The 2 larger pieces measure 13×16, and one smaller measures 11 wide x 9 high. A perfect trio. Set of three $475. Click here to contact us.

Shubert Insect Prints. Hand Colored Engravings from c.1875

Shubert Insect Prints. Hand colored entomology engravings published in Germany c.1875.  Each of the insect prints showing butterfly transformations has multiple species in each depiction. 

Each piece measures @14×18″ and run $95.each, 3 or more $75. each. Look with care, some smudging… Click here to contact us.

Insect Prints: Stunning American Chromolithographs of Butterflies, from 1885, Framed and ready to hang!

Trio of 1885 American chromo-lithographs of Insect prints, with archival framing, each measures 13×16″   Sorry this set of insect prints showing butterfly transformations is sold, however I do have another set and would be happy to offer custom framing for them.   Click here to contact us.

JJ Schmuzer Insect Prints.  Rare hand colored engravings from Vienna, c.1805.

Insect prints showing butterfly transformations by JJ Schmuzer  published c.1805 in Vienna, Austria. Small size, just measuring in at 4 x 7.” German hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made rag. Wonderful transformation stages of butterflies, caterpillars, moths, pupa, dragon flies and other bugs. An entomologists dream come true! Click here to contact us.

Humphrey Butterflies and Moths, English hand colored Insect Prints:

Published in England in 1865 the insect prints showing butterfly transformations here are by Humphrey.  They are hand colored antique lithographs in good condition and measure about 8×11″  Call 413-245-4197 to place your order.  Discounts on sets.

Insect prints showing butterfly transformations.  Lovely old antique prints of Butterflies, Moths, Beetles, Dragonflies, Caterpillars and other Bugs! Old engravings and lithographs of entomological specimens from the 18th & 19th Centuries by Moses Harris, & Maria Sybilla Merian. Insect transformations and more… . These insect prints are old engravings and lithographs by various 18th and 19th Century naturalists. 

Nodder Butterfly Prints!  18th Century. Antique Hand Colored Engravings of Butterflies!

Nodder Butterfly Engravings.  Hand colored 18th Century prints published in England c.1790.  Stunning condition and colors. Each print measures about 5×9″   Check back for more.  Click here to contact us.

 

Maria Sibylla Merian: A History Written by Christina Clarke of Williamsburg, VA.

      • Written February 9, 2015 for the use of Anne Hall Antique Prints.  My friend Christina is captivated by Merian as an entomologist, artist and as a woman so she wrote this essay on her and has allowed me to publish it.  Christina finds her insect prints showing transformations & butterfly metamorphosis by Maria Sybilla Merian absolutely captivating.
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        April 2, 1647 – January 13, 1717 This remarkable woman is considered to have been one of the most significant contributors to the developmental stage of the field of entomology (a branch of zoology that deals with insects). She was a life-long dedicated entomologist. She also worked as a botanical artist, portraying insects with their host plants and painting flowers. Maria Sibylla Merian described the life cycles of 186 insect species. Her specific area of interest, in the metamorphosis of insects, was the life cycles of moths and butterflies.

    The Merian Family History and its Impact in the 17th Century

      • Matthaus Merian the Elder, was a painter and engraver in Switzerland, France, and Germany. In 1646, a year after the death of his first wife, Merian the Elder married Johanna Sibylla Heim, whose heritage was Dutch. Maria Sibylla Merian was born to the couple a year later, in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1647. Her father died when she was three years old. In 1651, her mother married Jacob Marrel, a German flower/still-life painter and art dealer, who was a widower with three young children. They lived in Frankfurt, Germany, where Jacob Marrel established a workshop and had two apprentices for instruction in drawing, painting and engraving. He and Maria Sibylla Merian developed a unique relationship. Marrel introduced Maria Sibylla to the art of miniature flower painting, against her mother’s will. Maria Sibylla secretly began to teach herself to draw and paint. Studying alongside Marrel’s male pupils, she learned how to draw, mix paints, paint in watercolor, and make prints. By the age of 11, she could engrave a copperplate. Beginning at age 13, when Maria Sibylla observed the metamorphosis of a silkworm, her documentation of nature continued for more than 50 years. She was enthralled with the raising of caterpillars “in glass jars, wooden boxes covered with gauze, in her attic and cellar” (Reitsma, 2008, p. 25). She was especially interested in capturing and raising caterpillars, to observe and document their life cycles. Maria Sibylla was tenacious in her collection and raising of thousands of caterpillars, over decades, and documenting their life cycles, i.e., drawing and describing them with careful attention and accurate details.

    Maria Sybilla Merian: Artist, Entomologist, Author, Wife and Parent

      • Johann Andreas Graff (1636-1701) was her step-father’s favorite pupil. Maria Sibylla and Johann A. Graff were married when she was 18 (1665). Johann was near 30 years old and was a publisher. They moved to his native Nuremberg in 1668. As a woman, Maria Sibylla Graff was prohibited from selling oil paintings, but was permitted to paint in watercolor on vellum. She taught embroidery and painting to the daughters of respected citizens in Nuremberg. The Graffs had two daughters, Johanna Helena (born 1668) and Dorothea Maria (born 1678). While in Nuremberg, Maria Sibylla began her prodigious publication of books on flowers and caterpillars. In 1675, the first volume (of three) of Neues Blumenbuch (New Book of Flowers) was published, by Johann’s publishing company. Each volume had 12 flower plates.

    Der Raupen wunderbare Verwandlung und sonderbare Blumen-nahrung

      • In 1679,Volume I, of her 3-volume book, Der Raupen wunderbare Verwandlung und sonderbare Blumen-nahrung (The Wondrous Transformation and Singular Plant Nourishment of Caterpillars) was published in German through her husband’s company. This publication illustrates the metamorphosis of caterpillars, against the background of their host plants. It was the first work in history to link art and entomology. In the preface of this phenomenal publication, Maria Sibylla states that she wrote it as a means of worshiping God (Reitsma, 2008). Also known as The Caterpillar Book, it was also published in Frankfurt in 1683 and posthumously, in Dutch, in Amsterdam in 1717. About 1686, Maria Sibylla left her husband. They later divorced, in 1692. She dropped Graff as her last name, and was thereafter known as Maria Sibylla Merian (her birth name). She, her two daughters, and her elderly mother, moved to a religious sect community known as Labadists, near Amsterdam, The Netherlands. While there, Marian developed a fascination for the tropical plants brought to the religious community by fellow Labadists, from their Suriname plantations in South America. In 1691, following the collapse of their religious community and the passing of her mother, Merian and her daughters moved to Amsterdam. Merian and her daughters, both of whom learned the skills of art from their mother, established a studio in Amsterdam. They painted birds, insects, and flowers. Merian had maintained contact with some of her Labadist acquaintances, and knew there was a Labadist plantation, in the Dutch colony of Suriname (AKA Surinam), on the northern coast of South America (Dutch Guiana). In 1699, at age 52, Merian decided to go to Suriname, where her older daughter, Johanna Helena, the wife of a Dutch merchant, was already living. She sold more than 200 of her paintings to raise money for the trip, and wrote a will before she left. Merian and her younger daughter, Dorothea Maria (age 21), traveled to Suriname and resided as guests of a Labadist plantation. Her observations of the local climate, where she and Dorothea resided during their two-year stay, are expressed in her accounts of Nature: vibrant butterflies, voracious caterpillars and ants, menacing reptiles, exotic fruits and vegetables, and treacherous jungle explorations (Getty Museum, 2008). Her accomplishments included describing the local uses of animals and plants — for some, she gave them their native names (Reitsma, 2008). Though she had hoped to stay in Suriname for five years, Merian developed a tropical fever (malaria?) and had to return home, in 1701, several years earlier than she had anticipated.

    Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium – Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname

      • The book for which Merian is the most famous is the one she published about the insects and host plants, that she observed, drew, and collected in Suriname (Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium – Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname). This book was initially published (in Dutch and German) in 1705. Merian devoted several years to this publication, which depicted a number of plants and insects that had not previously been seen or described in Europe. “This book was groundbreaking in many ways and had enormous impact on European perception of the tropical New World, the life cycles of insects and the manner in which natural history subjects could be portrayed graphically to show something of their natural context” (Bulletin of the Hunt Institute, pg. 8).

    Scientific Achievements by Maria Sybilla Merian

      • Maria Sibylla Merian’s skills in observation and research, and her artistic talents, were a lead into the world of science. She helped to put entomology – the study of insects – onto a more scientific footing. Her publications were in German, or Dutch, rather than Latin, which was the publication language of scientists, at that time. It is of note that, together, her three books generated 19 editions, between 1665-1771. Both of Maria Sibylla’s daughters, Dorothea and Johanna, ensured the circulation of their mother’s scientific artwork. Upon returning from Suriname, Merian continued to supplement her income by selling insects and other creatures she had preserved. In 1702, the following creatures were listed as “animals in liquid” for sale: 1 crocodile, 2 large snakes, 18 small snakes, 11 iguanas, 1 gecko, and 1 small turtle. This activity continued for another decade. In 1715, Maria Sibylla suffered a stroke and was partially paralyzed. She died in Amsterdam on January 13, 1717. The day of her death a large number of Maria Sibylla Merian’s paintings were sold to an agent of Tsar Peter the Great for his new natural history collection in St. Petersburg, Russia. References: Bulletin of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Vol.22, No. 1, Spring 2010. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon Univ. Jacob-Hanson, Charlotte. August 2000. The Magazine Antiques. New York: Hirschl&Adler Galleries. J. Paul Getty Museum.Getty Center Exhibitions. 2008. Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science. Reitsma, Ella. 2008. Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science. Zolle,The Netherlands: Waanders Publishers. Todd, Kim. 2007. Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc. Wettengl, Kurt. 1998. Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist and Naturalist. Ostfildern: G. Hatje. Various references were observed to have used different interpretations of : geographic names,, the titles of Merian’s publications, historical information, and the languages used for publications (i.e., Latin, German, Dutch). Christina Clarke February 9, 2015

 

Seligmann Song Bird Engravings. Mark Catesby & George Edwards Birds.

Seligmann song bird engravings were a collaborative work of George Edwards and Mark Catesby, important Eighteenth Century Ornithologists. The antique hand colored engravings are on hand made hand laid paper and were published from 1771-1776.

Framed Mark Catesby’s American Birds – Dr. Seligmann Song Bird Engravings

Dr. Seligmann song bird engravings. A collaborative work of George Edwards and Mark Catesby. The hand colored engravings were published from 1771-1776.  Each piece has archival frame jobs with double matted in museum archival mats, and under UV glass.  Framed in gold leaf over red paint to complement the art work in an elegant way.  16 x 20″  finished.  Call 413-245-4197 to place your order.

I would be happy to offer you additional antique engravings of birds by Mark Catesby… Call 413-245-4197

See Hummingbirds:

John Gould Hummingbirds Original Antique Lithographs

Seligmann Song Bird Engravings with George Edwards, Beautiful  Antique Hand Colored Engravings

These Song Bird Engravings were published as collaborative edition with the famous Ornithologist George Edwards work & the work of Mark Catesby.  This famous joint effort of George Edwards and Dr. Seligmann rendered larger and enhanced with descriptive text in Latin, English, French and German.    Beautiful hand colored copper plate engraving on hand made laid linen rag. Published from 1771-1776 in Amsterdam, Holland. Excellent strikes from copper plate engravings which struck the paper beautifully with just the right amount of ink.  Each piece is a very clean and crisp strike.   The incredible vivid water coloring by hand is completely original and was done at the time they were produced.  Beautiful water colored copper plate engravings on heavy hand made hand laid linen rag. The paper measures 11 x 17 1/2″  and the  plate marks measure about 8 x 10 3/4″ As priced with discounts on 3 or more.   Click here to contact us.

 

The Laborious Craft of Eighteenth Century Print Making

A laborious craft of all those involved in producing something like the prints you have seen on this page. First one had to find and identify the species. Second the illustrations had to be meticulously drawn, with the best accuracy. The image would be transferred onto a copper plate and engraved with burins. The paper was hard to acquire, and the engraver would have to re engrave another plate after just 300 strikes. The water colorists would die at young ages, due to licking tips of their paint brushes. Yet these old prints still exist in super fine condition and exemplary condition. That is mostly due to the quality of the rag paper. Paper was made of rag right up through the turn of the 20th Century. Coming from linen, flax, etc, NOT TREES, there was no acid in the paper. Very expensive to acquire, inconsistent, etc. TODAY Paper is made from trees, and was during the 20th Century, is highly acidic and does not last for long.

The history of printing is a fascinating subject.

The history of printing is a fascinating subject. People had life long trades of professional crafts during the 17th, 18th, and even during the 19th Centuries. Paper making, hand made rag papers, wove rag papers, all employed prior to making paper from trees as we do today. Antique printing methods include copper plate engraving, steel plate engraving, wood engravings. Lithographs and chromolithographs. Illumination by Hand Coloring, using water colors, and printing in colors by limestone plates. That doesn’t even take into account obtaining or creating the illustrations, producing the documentation and text…

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Consider antique botanical prints:

Other Special Flowers: Magnolia, Hyacinth and Narcissus!

George Edwards Water Birds-18th Century Engravings

George Edwards Water Birds-18th Century Engravings.  A combined work from 1770 of George Edwards and Dr. Johann Seligmann, publisher. 1771-1776 hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made rag. 

George Edwards Water Birds. Hand Colored Engravings.

These antique engravings of water birds, were published in Amsterdam by Geo, Edwards & Dr. Johann Seligmann, from 1771 through 1776. George Edwards birds are full of life with lots of charm and character conveyed through the depiction. Dutch water colored by hand, copper plate engravings, that were printed onto hand made, laid rag in the late eighteenth century. A laborious craft of all those involved. The paper was hard to acquire, the engraver would have to re engrave another plate after just 300 strikes, if there was high demand. The water colorists would die at young ages, due to the paints. Yet these old prints still exist in super fine condition and exemplary condition. That is mostly due to the quality of the rag paper. Paper was made of rag right up through the turn of the 20th Century. Coming from linen, flax, etc, NOT TREES, there was no acid in the paper. Paper coming from trees during the 20th and 21st Centuries is highly acidic and does not last for long. Each one of these lovely hand colored copper plate engravings, measures about 10 1/4 x 17. There are a couple of ones with slightly smaller paper, measuring at 9 1/2 x 15 1/2. Click here to contact us.

The Laborious Craft of Eighteenth Century Print Making

A laborious craft of all those involved in producing something like the prints you have seen on this page. First one had to find and identify the species. Second the illustrations had to be meticulously drawn, with the best accuracy. The image would be transferred onto a copper plate and engraved with burins. The paper was hard to acquire, and the engraver would have to re engrave another plate after just 300 strikes. The water colorists would die at young ages, due to licking tips of their paint brushes. Yet these old prints still exist in super fine condition and exemplary condition. That is mostly due to the quality of the rag paper. Paper was made of rag right up through the turn of the 20th Century. Coming from linen, flax, etc, NOT TREES, there was no acid in the paper. Very expensive to acquire, inconsistent, etc. TODAY Paper is made from trees, and was during the 20th Century, is highly acidic and does not last for long.

The history of printing is a fascinating subject.

The history of printing is a fascinating subject. People had life long trades of professional crafts during the 17th, 18th, and even during the 19th Centuries. Paper making, hand made rag papers, wove rag papers, all employed prior to making paper from trees as we do today. Antique printing methods include copper plate engraving, steel plate engraving, wood engravings. Lithographs and chromolithographs. Illumination by Hand Coloring, using water colors, and printing in colors by limestone plates. That doesn’t even take into account obtaining or creating the illustrations, producing the documentation and text…

For a gallery to see different styles of birds…

The gallery above consists of George Edwards 18th Century engravings of water birds.  A combined work from 1770 of George Edwards and Dr. Johann Seligmann, publisher. 1748-1771 hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made rag.

Water Birds by John Gould & Other Ornithologists.

Selby Ducks! Magnificent Hand Colored Engravings, London 1817-1834

Song Birds & Bird Feeder Types

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Water Birds by John Gould & Other Ornithologists.

Water Birds by John Gould,& Other Ornithologists including Martinet, Buffon & Catesby.  Unique rare prints in galleries of Swans, Kingfishers, Loons, Herons, Cranes & other shore birds.

Swans: Lovely depictions of water birds by John Gould.

Lovely depictions of swans one of my favorites of water birds by John Gould.  These Magnificent Swans come from The Birds of Great Britain circa 1860. They are beautiful water colored lithographs in excellent condition and each old print measures about 14.5 x 21.5″.   I have matted them in 100% rag mat and the measure 22×28″  I have other water birds available and I welcome your inquiries, so please email me or call  at  413-245-4197.

Framed Water Birds by John Gould.

Water Birds by John Gould.  Framed English c.1860 hand colored lithographs of water birds.   Each piece has archival materials.  The frames are beachy blonde burl wood.  32″ wide x 26″ high.  Special pricing on the set of six.

Water Birds miniature engravings Buffon

These miniature antique prints came from a rare German edition of Compte de Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle, c.1770-1820.  Buffon was a brilliant 18th Century French scientist & naturalist, with inherited wealth.  Publishing these encyclopedic collections was not an obstacle.  Each of the water colored copper plate engravings was printed onto hand made hand laid rag paper  c.1770-1820.  Fabulous and small measuring in at a mere 4×6 1/2″ 
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Water Birds: Francois Martinet French Hand Colored Engravings


Francois Martinet French Hand Colored Engravings of water birds published 1770-1783. Fine French water colored copper plate engravings, inked up and printed onto hand made linen rag (paper). Each old bird print measures @9×12″ Superb strong hand coloring and great condition! 

 

Water Birds by John Gould.  Beautiful Hand Colored Antique Lithographs, 14 1/2 x 21 1/2″

John Gould is perhaps the most famous English ornithologist of the 19th century.  He illustrated some 2999 different birds.  Issued by subscription in large folio parts, his work was in great demand by the wealthy, clergy, doctors, and other naturalists. To create a monumental work on a certain type of bird say the birds of Great Britain circa 1860, many steps were involved.

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One had to have access to specimens.  

To travel and see water birds in person, then a meticulously drawn illustration was made with notations of colors, behavior, and other scientific data, that was observed. Through the art of lithography, the illustrations would come to life in the form of water colored lithographs for subscribers. The high quality paper was made by a paper maker.

Next to create a lithograph, the process by which a limestone piece was drawn upon with a sort of a greasy crayon. The slab of limestone was then dipped into nitric acid which burnt away parts not under the greasy crayon.  The slab of limestone was wiped off and inked up, then watercolors could be professionally added.

The bird prints John Gould created required tremendous workmanship, being one of the most laborious processes of printing known.  Here are water birds by John Gould:

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Consider Beautiful Large Hand Colored Ducks by John Prideaux Selby!

Water Birds: Hand Colored Antique Swan Prints

Loons Hand Colored.  Antique Lithographs & Engravings.

Water Birds! Loons hand colored lithographs engravings. To hear the loon calling, something you’ll remember always. Water Birds ~ Loons… Here is an assortment of old engravings and lithographs, some are hand colored. The ornithological illustrations were executed by various early Ornithologists including Buffon, Meyers, Studer, Edwards, Dresser and Morris. Click here to contact us.

Water Birds! 18th Century Buffon Kingfishers, Hand Colored Engravings

Buffon Kingfishers, hand colored engravings from 1785-1804! These are small German water colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand linen rag. One of the most fanciful water birds. One of the famous French naturalists ever George Leclerc Compte de Buffon. Archival matting to 8×10″ $125. each, 3 or more $100. each. Free shipping in the US. Click here to contact us.

Buffon Hand Colored Water Birds, Framed

To see Buy Now Water Birds by Selby & Nozeman Click now for buy now options of water birds.

Water Birds, Buffon hand colored water fowl framed. These small framed hand colored engravings of water birds are lovely. This is the work of George Leclerc Compte de Buffon. A rare German edition of Buffon’s. Published from 1770-1805. These are water colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid linen rag. Framed in rag, under UV glass. Each framed print measures @ 10×12″ $235. Each, free shipping on two or more. Click here to contact us.

Mark Catesby & Dr. Seligmann Water Birds Hand Colored Engravings

Mark Catesby hand colored engravings. This famous work is of special interest as it is one of the few works published on North American species of birds and foliage they require. Too poor to have a separate illustration for the bird from the foliage, Mark Catesby’s work is now classic, iconic on the subject. Catesby was in the Carolinas, Virginia, Florida and the Bahamas in the 1730’s. The Seligmann Edition was published from 1771-1776 in Amsterdam. These stunning hand water colored copper plate engravings were printed onto rag paper. The hand coloring was added at the time of production. Each old print measures about 10 1/4 x 17″ though there are a few that are 9 1/2 x 15 1/2″ Click here to contact us.

 

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Ridgeway Water Bird Illustrations of North American Species of Birds… Old Prints. These vintage illustrations is the work of JL Ridgeway. They are sought after by North American birders, partly because the illustrations include the environment the birds would be seen in, in nature. Included in the selection is the Great Blue heron, Belted Kingfisher, Wood Duck,   Dowitcher, Yellow Legs, and the English Snipe. The images of the birds include the environment the birds live in.  The natural habitat of each burd.  These old photolithographs were printed in the early days of photo mechanical printing. It was an off set printing method. Each color was applied in a separate process photographically. They are affordable images of North American species of birds. These old bird prints were first illustrated by Ridgeway. They were published in New York c.1900. There were not many books published on North America birds from 1830-1900.  Therefore if you want reasonably priced old prints of North American birds, these may be for you.  Nice coloration and lovely scenic backgrounds.   Each old print measures 9 1/2 x 12″,  is in good condition, and has strong colors. I am willing to double mat them in rag, archival mats to 11×14″ for an additional $25. per piece. Click here to contact us. 

Ridgeway Water Fowl, American Photo Lithographs.   The illustrations by JL Ridgeway are sought after by North American birders. These old print were published in New York c.1900.  Each print measures 9 1/2 x 12″ and are in good condition with strong colors. Click here to contact us.

Ridgeway Water Birds Original photo – lithographs. Call for a personal selection at 413-245-4197.

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I hope you have enjoyed viewing my collections of Water Birds by John Gould & others!

You can BUY NOW Water Birds by John Gould & others including Selby and Nozeman by going to this link:

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Water birds! We have a great old water bird prints for sale! hand colored lithographs, hand colored engravings, Chromo litho lithographs. Here are old ornithology prints. Water Fowl. Antique Water Bird Prints of all kinds of water fowl including old engravings and lithographs produced by many ornithologists including, John Gould, Francois Martinet, Cornelius Nozeman, John Prideaux Selby, Thomas Pennant, and Buffon. Antique swan prints and antique heron prints. Antique hand colored lithographs of ducks and swans, egrets and herons by John Gould. Old tropical water birds prints by Martinet and other early ornithologists! Old prints produced by Buffon, Martinet, Gould, Selby, Pennant, Nozeman and other early ornitholigists! Some of these old prints date from the mid 1600’s to about 1900. Antique prints of waterbirds with character from Anne Hall Antique Prints! Some of the water birds include king fishers, egrets and herons, swans and ducks. These are old engravings and lithographs, antique prints of water birds. These prints are in very good condition as always… from Anne Hall Antique Prints!

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Selby Ducks! Magnificent Hand Colored Engravings, London 1817-1834

John Prideaux Selby Ducks! Magnificent Antique Prints: Selby Ducks! English Hand Colored Engravings published in London from 1817 to 1834.  Life sized hand colored copper plate engravings on handmade J. Whatman paper.  “The Audubon of Great Britain” entitled Illustrations of British Ornithology.

Selby Ducks – Life Sized – “The finest work published on British Ornithology.”

Our collection of Selby ducks were published in Edinburg, Scotland from 1821-1834.  Coming from “The Audubon of Great Britain” entitled Illustrations of British Ornithology.  The artwork is stunning life sized hand colored copper plate engravings on heavy wove J. Whatman water marked paper.  The same paper maker, J. Whatman manufactured the paper for the first edition elephant folio Birds of America by John James Audubon in 1835.  The John Prideaux Selby Birds are known as the “Audubon” of Scotland.  The condition is excellent and the water coloring is exemplary.

Each hand colored copper plate engraving measures  21 x 26″ Click here to contact us!

 

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Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs, Engravings on Whaling.

Select Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs and Hand Colored Whaling Engravings.  Guaranteed authentic and over 100 years old.  Enjoy our gallery of antique prints including hand colored engravings and whaling scenes.

Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs and Hand colored Engravings.

This great piece came back to me recently after a prominent doctor in Massachusetts retired.  He was a collector of all kinds of art, including antique lithographs and hand colored engravings. This went on for aggressively for his 50 years in practice. This is a giant antique whale lithograph framed with archival materials in weathered wood. Published in Austria by color lithography, c. 1900.

46″ wide x 39″ high. $1600. Local delivery or pick up.

Assorted Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs and Hand Colored Whaling Engravings.

A varied collection of old whale prints that is relevant to whales and pertains to whaling history. All of the images are genuine antique 18th and 19th Century Bookplates.  Assorted Whaling Scenes and Depiction of Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs and Engravings.

 

Why do these historic depictions of Whales prior to 1900 exist?

Mankind was in pursuit of whale oil in order for London to keeps it’s streets lit.  That ended when people started drilling for oil and developed kerosene.  Fortunately, whales and whaling history received a lot of attention in the seventeen, eighteen and nineteen hundreds. Naturalists brought to life with their depictions in the form of book illustrations which were sold by subscription and issued in parts periodically as the work could be printed. These during the 17th, 18th and 19th Century depictions were produced when whaling was critical to world commerce & drawn at the time at the time of the event.

Large Austrian Whale Poster c.1900,  Unframed.

A very large whale poster chromolithograph was published in Vienna, Austria circa 1900. It is huge, in bright stunning colors and is in great condition.  Call 413-245-4197.  35 x 26″ image size. 39 wide x 28″ high, paper size.

 

Whale Poster Chromolithograph from c.1900. Austrian. Huge. Stunning colors and condition.
Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs! Whale Poster Chromolithograph from c.1900. Huge. Stunning colors and condition.   39 wide x 28″ high, paper size.  35 x 26″ image size.              Click here to buy now.

Edouard Travies Whales. Framed Hand Colored Lithographs of Whaling from 1809-1865.

Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs.  These antique whale prints are hand colored lithographs, published by Furne for Edouard Travies in Paris in 1854.  Each piece was printed in black onto white paper from a limestone plate and finally finished in water colors by hand, with accents of Gum Arabic. All the artwork was that of Travies, 1809-1865. He is considered to be one of the best French artists of that time.

Two whales in black & gold:

Three whales framed in satin finish burl wood:

Whales by Gottlieb Wilhelm. Austrian Naturalist & Artist. Engravings from 1810-1821.

Antique whale prints by Gottlieb Wilhelm, 1810-1821. Tiny Austrian hand colored copper plate engravings from 1810-1821.   And believe it or not-one of the hardest things to come by in producing something like this would have been acquiring the rags to make the paper on which they were printed.

It was a time of curiosity for finding new and undiscovered species.

It was almost a frenzy of curiosity to say the least.  Supply & demand drove subscriptions for well to do to receive in parts as the parts could be published. The immense series was encyclopedic in nature and published over 11 years.  The water coloring was added at the time of production by a professional staff of water colorists.

Each piece measures just 4 1/4 x 6 3/4″ as priced call 413-245-4197 to place your order.

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Lizars & Jardine Whales & Whaling Scenes: Original Antique Hand Colored Steel Plate Engravings.

Each antique engraving measures 4 x 6 3/4″. The color is bright and the paper is in unusually good condition, with almost no toning of the paper. Lizar’s was the famous Scotch engraving company that engraved the first 10 Elephant Folio prints for John James Audubon’s Birds of America and therefore acquired instant fame due to their accomplishments in the engraving trade.

William Lizar Antique Whale Prints are Small Charming Steel Plate Engravings

William Lizar Antique Whale Prints are Small Charming Steel Plate Engravings.  The water coloring illumination was applied by hand when they were produced in 1852. A steel plate was the hardest surface that could used in antique printing method.  A painstakingly amount of time and precision was needed when creating a steel plate engraving.  William Lizar’s firm located in Edinburgh, Scotland was proficient and in high demand for creating life like encyclopedic images of all of the natural history known at the time.

Whales: Hand Colored Lithographs of Whales Published in 1835:

Whales: Historic Antique Lithographs.   Hand Colored Whale Lithographs Published in Bruxelles, Belgium in 1835. These old whale prints were printed from limestone plates, known as lithographs, and hand colored at the time of production. These old whale lithographs measure 6×9″, a few I have double matted in rag to 9×12″. Here we have Balene whales, Humpback whales, Orca whales, Beluga whales and Narwhals!

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