Specializing in Antique Natural History Lithographs & Engravings
Raptors to click and buy online. Birds of prey, hawks, eagles & owls by eighteenth & nineteenth century ornithologists captured pertinent birding details.
A selection of antique prints of raptors by Morris were published in 1890. These English hand colored wood engravings were produced by Reverend F.O. Morris, and no kidding, his entire congregation. He loved birds, apparent by the illustrations he authored on birds, published books on bird, eggs and nests. FIRST… Original illustrations had to be transferred onto boxwood plates. Each plate measured about 1″ thick. Each slab was painstakingly engraved with special engraver’s tools known as burins. When the engraving was finished, it was inked up with black ink, and printed onto a high quality piece of paper. Acquiring the paper on which the engravings were printed is a whole other story. After the printing dried, then the water color illumination would be added by hand. Many metallic were used in water colors in the 19th Century. My selection of old owl prints, illustrations by Morris include: the Hawk Owl, Mottled Owl, and the Snowy Owl. By the way, I feel anyone is TRUELY PRIVILEGED to see an owl in the wild. And especially privileged to have one on their property. Each old hand colored engraving measures about 6 1/2 x 10″. Excellent condition with bright water coloring.