Bolton Birds Nests Eggs from Harmonia Ruralis published in London, England in 1821.  Striking water colored copper plate engravings on heavy wove paper from the early Nineteenth Century.

James Bolton’s Harmonius Ruralis! Nests-Eggs of Birds. Beautiful Hand Colored Copper Plate Engravings from England 1845.

James Bolton’s revered work on nests and eggs from 1807.  Wonderful pairs of antique hand colored engravings depicting the egg and nests of birds common to Great Britain.  These lovely old prints were published in London in 1807. Harmonia Ruralis was written as an essay about the natural history of British song birds, illustrated with life sized figures of the birds, male and female with natural attitudes. The prints are water colored copper plate engravings on a heavy wove paper. The colors are bright and vivid. There is some smudging, most will not be seen after framing, however, please see the photos. Each piece measures 9 x 11 1/2″ and are sold as Pairs.   One price for both prints.

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Bolton Birds Nests Eggs and Birds from Harmonia Ruralis 1821

The charming James Bolton Birds Nests Eggs are from Harmonia Ruralis, perhaps the most desirable books on British song birds.  It is a study of birds, the nests they made and the eggs they laid.  Harmonia Ruralis is an essay towards natural history of British song birds, illustrated with life sized figures of the birds with the male and female with their natural attitudes.  1821 hand colored copper plate engravings on a heavy wove paper. The water colors are bright and vivid.  Some smudging, most will not be seen after framing, however, please see the photos. Each piece measures 9 x 11 1/2″ and are sold as a set, the bird with its bird’s nest, one price for both prints.  Refer to the James Bolton Birds Nests Eggs & Click here to contact us.

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Briefly why & how did the James Bolton work happen?

It was laborious craft of all those involved to publish something like James Bolton’s Harmonius Ruralis which was published in London in 1821. Consider life in the early Nineteenth Century.  Apprenticeships could last for many years with only room, board and almost no pay.  Required by the guild!  As for the Naturalist… An assignment by the Royal Family on a voyage would be the ultimate.  Artists recording the the song birds of Britain was of interest to everyone interested in birds.   Bolton was experienced.  A favorite bird and their nest and eggs on a separate plates. 

The illustrations had to be meticulously drawn, with the best accuracy. Shortly after the image would be transferred onto a copper plate and engraved with engraver’s tools called burins.  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 with toxicity in it.  Yet these Bolton nest prints still exist in exemplary condition. That is mostly due to the high quality of the rag paper without acid in it.  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 it. Very expensive to acquire, inconsistent, etc.  Paper today and during the 20th Century has made from trees which is highly acidic and does not last for long.

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