Nozeman Bird Prints. Coming from Nederlandsche Vogelen or the Birds of the Netherlands.
These are large folio hand colored copper engravings, hand made laid rag. Published from 1770 to 1829. These antique engravings come from the finest work on birds published by the Dutch. Theses are water birds, favorite shore birds… Click here to contact us.
Nozeman Bird Prints. These are the work of Cornelius Nozeman, Christian Sepp and Martinus Houttyn. These authentic antique prints were published from 1779-1820. It took an amazing 59 years to complete this laborious work on Birds of the Netherland. During that period, the Dutch colonized areas all over the world. These magnificent antiques are hand colored copper plate engravings. They were printed onto hand made, hand laid rag paper. Nederlandsche Vogelen meaning the Birds of the Netherlands. Each old print measures 15×21.5″ Oustanding, near perfect condition.
A laborious craft of all those involved in producing something like these Nozeman Bird Prints. First, find, acquire and identify the species. Second the illustrations had to be meticulously drawn, with the best accuracy. The paper was hard to acquire. Just making paper during the 18th Century required tremendous skill. It was a lifetime craft. 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. but has the ability to survive many Centuries. LATER The image would be transferred onto a copper plate and engraved with burins, another life skill. The engraver would have to re engrave another plate after just 300 strikes. Then there was illumination. Water colorists would die at young ages, due to licking tips of their paint brushes. Popularity of publications depended on how many sets the publisher could sell. This set would be acquired by the wealthiest clergy and noblemen, doctors and solicitors. Click here to contact us.