George Edwards Parrots Charming 18th Century Hand Colored Engravings

George Edwards Parrots…  Dating back to the 18th century, knowing about and watching birds was as hip then, as it is today. Educating oneself about ornithology among those interested in nature, exploration.  Reading and being able to visualize a species through realistic depictions, such as these hand colored engravings of parrots, was paramount.

Published by Dr. Seligmann from 1748-1771,  with English Ornithologist George Edwards.  Sensational handmade linen rag paper was used to print the copper plate engraved images onto.  Each rare piece comes from 18th Century Nuremberg, Germany.  It was published in Amsterdam as well. Intense watercolour pigmentation was used to make these exquisite antique parrot prints glow.

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George Edwards Parrots: Original Copper Plate Engravings with Water Colouring,  Seligmann Edition

George Edwards Parrots! 18th Century Hand Colored Engravings with Archival Framing!

Fabulous George Edwards Parrots framed with archival materials.  These are antique hand colored engravings of Parrots. Published in Nuremburg, Germany from 1748-1771 for Dr. Seligmann. Beholding a charming look, the parrot framed art prints are full of character, they are vintage yet trendy and modern enough to put up in any kind of tropical home. 99% UV glass is used for these prints that are framed in 100% rag double mat board with a creme hue and in a solid wood gold bamboo leaf moulding.

Framed George Edwards Parrot Engravings!

George Edwards Parrots are charming 18th Century Copper Plate Engravings.  They were published by Dr. Seligmann from 1748-1771.  This rare Nuremburg, Germany edition was engraved and printed onto stunning hand made linen rag paper. The hand colored engravings glow with intense water color pigmentation. The parrot illustrations are full of character and are absolutely charming. Traditional yet almost modern enough to show in a tropical home of any kind. Framed in 100% rag double mat board with a creme hue, in a solid wood gold leafed bamboo molding, with 99% UV glass. Each old framed print measures 17×21.”

Outstanding Antique Parrot Prints!

These old copper plate engravings of parrots were water colored by hand during the years of publication. A laborious craft of everyone involved. The paper was difficult to acquire, the engraver would have to re engrave another plate after just 300 strikes, due to the naturally soft surface of the copper plate. The water colorists would die at young ages, due to the toxicity of the water colors, which many contained metals. Yet these old prints still exist in superb fine condition. These old parrot prints have exemplary detail. They have lasted for all these years, primarily due to the high quality of the rag paper. Paper during the 1700’s was literally made of rags, right up through the turn of the 20th Century. Coming from linen, flax, etc, NOT TREES, there was no acid content in the paper. This explains why paper produced in the 20th Century and after, coming from trees, does not last for long. These are fantastic old parrot prints. This is one of the most important series ever published on the subject. The paper size measures about 10 1/4 x 17″

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Background on the Hand Water Coloring

During the years of publication, the vintage copper plate engravings of parrots were watercoloured by hand. Due to the soft and fragile surface of the copper plates, the engraver had to re-engrave another plate after about 300 strikes. The water coloring artists used were water colors that contained metals which were injested when licking? the brushes.  Hence colorists frequently dies at early ages. With exemplary detailing, the vintage parrot prints still exist at Anne Hall Antique Prints in pristine condition. At Anne Hall Antique Prints you can expect to find some of the best, rare, authentic antique prints, as you can easily browse through our wide spectrum of subjects and collection on our website and conveniently place your order.

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Published by Anne Hall

I am the owner of Anne Hall Antique Prints. My husband, Mark and I sell authentic antique prints on our website and at assorted shows and events around New England. We deal in paper antiques only. Our rare old engravings and lithographs produced from the 1580's through the 1920's. Many are hand colored. My love is nature and the natural world and the historic documentation of it. I am the daughter of William Hall, owner of Maps Old and Rare, Pacifica, CA and Kathleen Manning of Prints Old and Rare and Manning's Books and Prints.

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