Sea Shells Knorr PVI.XIX: Whelk & Horn
Sea Shells Knorr PVI.XIX. George Wolfgang Knorr. A decorative 18th century copper plate mollusk engraving of horn and whelk shell. Published 1770-1771 Amsterdam. The antique conchology illustration documented museum & private collections of mollusks including George Jacob Trew’s.
Accomplishments & History of GW Knorr
In the 18th century, George Wolfgang Knorr authored a remarkable book on seashells. His life like, hand colored, copper plate engravings are decorative & provided important conchology documentation to 18th century subscribers. Verlustiging der Oohen en van Geest of Verzameling van allerley Bekende Hoorens en Sculpen published Amsterdam 1770-1771 to supply the book demand in the Dutch language. Illustrated sea shells came “well known collections,” held in museums & in private such as George Jacob Trew’s.
Knorr lived 1705 through 1761. Born to a wood turner in Nuremberg, Germany. One of the earliest towns famous for printing & publishing. At 18 began the craft or art of copper plate engraving for illustrated books. Knorr interested in natural history, was an author, paleontologist, painter and successful art dealer. A very accomplished man in a short 56 year life.
What are mollusks? Whelk & horn shells are univalves.
Mollusks are soft bodied invertebrates. They have shells which serve as a valve. One shell is a univalve or two shells called bivalves. 18th century bookplates of sea shells such as scallop, murex, tulip, whelk, clam, volute, olive, cowrie, nautilus & snail. Thankfully the collections were recorded through these bookplates, preserving history for centuries to come.
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