Eighteenth and 19th Century Depictions of Owls-Antique Engravings and Lithographs of Scops, Eagle, Snowy, Hawk & Eagle Owl by Morris, Gould & Buffon.



Framed Owls Antique Engravings by Buffon

Wonderful mid Eighteenth Century hand colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid rag paper by perhaps the most famous French naturalist George LeClerc Compte de Buffon.  Published for his amazing encyclopedic collection of all fauna known, Histoire Naturelle was published from 1749-1761 in Paris and Amsterdam.

Each piece is framed beautifully in a weathered solid wood frame about 2 1/2″ wide.  High quality double archival matting with a hint of creme and UV glass.  Complete details about the engravings are attached to the reverse.  Each of the owls-antique engravings, measures in at 16 x 19″ and are priced at $450. each or the four for $1400.

framed antique Hibou owl engraving

Reverend Morris Antique Owl Engravings

Morris published his work on birds in 1890.  These are English hand colored wood engravings were produced by Reverend F.O. Morris and his entire congregation. Morris loved birds which is apparent in the illustrations he authored and published books on birds, eggs and nests.

Antique owl engravings with original hand coloring including the Hawk Owl, Mottled Owl, and the Snowy Owl. Each antique hand colored engraving from 1890 measures about 6 1/2 x 10″. Excellent condition with bright water coloring.  Click here to contact us.


How Were These Owls Antique Engravings and Lithographs Produced?

FIRST… Original illustrations needed to be procured in their natural state, from specimens or by seeing other naturalists work on the subject.  The illustrations were transferred onto boxwood plates which measured about 1″ thick.  Boxwood was an available wood in Great Britain and was easy to engrave.  Each slab of wood was carefully engraved with special engraver’s tools known as burins and when the owls-antique engravings were finished to satisfaction, the engravings were ready for printing.  Each engraving was carefully inked up with black ink by a skilled craftsman that operated a printing press. The inked boxwood plate was pressed onto a high quality piece of paper. After the ink dried, the water color illumination was added by hand.

By the way, I feel anyone is TRUELY PRIVILEGED to see an owl in the wild and I believe one is especially privileged to have one on their property. If you are interested in seeing more owls, please contact me.

Phone: 413-245-4197 Email: anne@annehallantiqueprints.com

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Published by Anne Hall

I am a naturalist by trade & by passion. I am a 2nd generation dealer of fine antique prints and I enjoy providing my clientele personalized service.

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