Bolton Birds Nests Eggs from Harmonia Ruralis. Antique Hand Colored Engravings

Bolton Birds Nests Eggs and Birds from Harmonia Ruralis 1821

Bolton Birds Nests Eggs from Harmonia Ruralis.  English hand colored engravings 1821.  Coming from perhaps the most desirable books on birds.  The work is a study of birds, the nests they made and the eggs they laid.  We are pleased to offer this absolutely charming work.  Bolton’s work showing birds with their Nests entitled Harmonia Ruralis.  Bolton bird and nest prints are hand colored copper plate engravings. This is James Bolton’s lovely work entitled Harmonia Ruralis which was published in London in 1821. Harmonia Ruralis is an essay towards 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 a set, the bird with its bird’s nest, one price for both vintage prints. Click here to contact us.

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A laborious craft of all those involved in producing something like Harmonius Ruralis by James Bolton.  These Bolton Birds was published in 1821. First one had to find and identify the species of bird along with the nest. 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.

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