Water Birds by John Gould & Other Ornithologists

Water Birds: Available antique lithographs and hand colored engravings of shore birds which were published in the 18th-19th Centuries by ornithologists including Mark Catesby, Francois Martinet, John Gould & Compte de Buffon. Loons, Swans, Herons, Kingfishers, Gulls & Terns.

A Pair of John Prideaux Selby Shore Birds from 1817-1834, Framed

A stunning pair of water birds by John Prideaux Selby. Published in London, England from 1817-1835. These are antiques are they are about 200 years old. These particular images are a couple of Selby’s most dramatic published. Each print is a watercolor copper plate engraving. Imperial folio J. Whatman watermarked paper. We have used 100% archival matting and U.V. glass. The picture frames are a beachy burl wood. Each piece measures 30×35″.

Framed Artwork Ocean Home: Gulls & Larus by John Gould

Exceptional gulls, terns & larus by John Gould.  Framed English c.1860 hand colored lithographs of water birds. Each piece has archival materials.  The frames are beachy blonde burl wood.  32″ wide x 26″ high. Special pricing on the set of six.

Framed John Gould Lithographs of Waterbirds

Purple Heron Blue Eggs and Atlantic Puffin Feeding Fledgling

Over 160 years of age these antique lithographs are the work of John Gould. Published c.1860 London, England for John Gould’s Birds of Great Britain. The watercolors were  added at the time of production. Each framed piece measures 25×32″. Exceptional quality 3″ burl wood picture frames. High quality archival picture framing materials including UV glass. Call Anne at 413-245-4197 for personalized service.

John Gould’s Birds of Great Britain: King Ducks & Northern Loon

A pair of framed  John Gould King Ducks and a Northern Loon with professional picture framing. Antique lithographs with original coloring. Over 170 years old. The watercolors were  added at the time of production, circa 1860. Published London England for John Gould’s Birds of Great Britain. Each framed piece measures 27×32″ and have stunning burl wood picture frames. We have used the highest quality archival materials including UV glass. $2500. each. Call Anne at 413-245-4197 for personalized service.

Miniatures: 18th Century engravings shore birds by Buffon.

These miniature antique prints of shore birds came from a rare German edition of Compte de Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle, which was published from c.1770-1820.  Buffon was a brilliant 18th Century French scientist & naturalist, with inherited wealth.  Publishing these encyclopedic collections was not an obstacle.  Each of the water colored copper plate engravings was printed onto hand made hand laid rag paper  c.1770-1820.  Fabulous and small measuring in at a mere 4×6 1/2″ 
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Shore Birds: Francois Martinet French Hand Colored Engravings

Francois Martinet French Hand Colored Engravings of shore birds published Paris 1770-1783. His work was considered the finest work on birds the French every produced. Fine French water colored copper plate engravings, inked up and printed onto hand made linen rag (paper). Each antique bird print measures @9×12″ with excellent strong colors & condition.

Swans: Lovely antique lithographs of shore birds by John Gould, c.1860

Lovely depictions of swans which are one of my favorite birds.  These Magnificent Swans come from The Birds of Great Britain circa 1860, by John Gould. They are beautiful water colored lithographs which are in excellent condition and each antique lithograph measures about 14.5 x 21.5″.   Matted them in 100% rag mats which measure 22×28.” 

I have other birds available and I welcome your inquiries, so please email me or call  me at  413-245-4197 for the best personalized service.

Shore Birds by John Gould.  Beautiful Hand Colored Antique Lithographs from c.1860.

John Gould is perhaps the most famous English ornithologist of the 19th century.  He illustrated some 2999 different birds.  Issued by subscription in large folio parts, his work was in great demand by the wealthy, clergy, doctors, and other naturalists. To create a monumental work on a certain type of bird say the birds of Great Britain circa 1860, many steps were involved. Each piece measures 14 1/2 x 21 1/2″

Early naturalists had to have access to specimens of shore birds for their ornithology delineations.  

To travel and see water birds in person, then a meticulously drawn illustration was made with notations of colors, behavior, and other scientific data, that was observed. Through the art of lithography, the illustrations would come to life in the form of water colored lithographs for subscribers. The high quality paper was made by a paper maker.

Next to create a lithograph, the process by which a limestone piece was drawn upon with a sort of a greasy crayon. The slab of limestone was then dipped into nitric acid which burnt away parts not under the greasy crayon.  The slab of limestone was wiped off and inked up, then watercolors could be professionally added.

Mark Catesby & Dr. Seligmann Water Birds Hand Colored Engravings

Mark Catesby hand colored engravings. This famous work is of special interest as it is one of the few works published on North American species of birds and foliage they require. Too poor to have a separate illustration for the bird from the foliage, Mark Catesby’s work is now classic, iconic on the subject. Catesby was in the Carolinas, Virginia, Florida and the Bahamas in the 1730’s. The Seligmann Edition was published from 1771-1776 in Amsterdam. These stunning hand water colored copper plate engravings were printed onto rag paper. The hand coloring was added at the time of production. Each old print measures about 10 1/4 x 17″ though there are a few that are 9 1/2 x 15 1/2″ Click here to contact us.

Mark Catesby Sand Hill Crane
Mark Catesby Sand Hill Crane $1200.

Loons: Antique Lithographs & Watercolor Engravings.

Water Birds! Loons hand colored lithographs engravings. To hear the loon calling, something you’ll remember always. Water Birds ~ Loons… Here is an assortment of old engravings and lithographs, some are hand colored. The ornithological illustrations were executed by various early Ornithologists including Buffon, Meyers, Studer, Edwards, Dresser and Morris. Click here to contact us.

Miniature Antique Kingfisher Engravings by Compte de Buffon c.1800.

These beautiful miniature antique prints of kingfishers came from a rare German edition of Compte de Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle, which was published from c.1770-1820. Each hand colored copper plate engraving is in very good condition and miniature measuring only 4 x 6 1/2.” Matted to 8×10″ This set is sold. If you would like a similar grouping of birds, I am able to show you possibilities. Call Anne to discuss your decorating goals. 413-245-4197.

Buffon Hand Colored Water Birds, Framed

Water Birds, Buffon hand colored shore birds framed. These small framed hand colored engravings of water birds are lovely. This is the work of George Leclerc Compte de Buffon. A rare German edition of Buffon’s. Published from 1770-1805. These are water colored copper plate engravings on hand made hand laid linen rag. Framed in rag, under UV glass. Each framed print measures @ 10×12″ and are priced at $235. each, free U.S. shipping on two or more. Click here to contact us.

Inquire about Ridgeway’s American Birds

Ridgeway Water Bird Illustrations of North American Species of Birds. JL Ridgeway birds are sought after by North American birders, partly because the illustrations include the environment the birds would be seen in, in nature. Included in the selection is the Great Blue heron, Belted Kingfisher, Wood Duck,   Dowitcher, Yellow Legs, and the English Snipe. These old photolithographs were printed in the early days of photo mechanical printing c.1900. It was an off set printing method. Each color was applied in a separate process photographically. They are affordable images of North American species of birds. There were not many books published on North America birds from 1830-1900.    Nice coloration and lovely scenic backgrounds.  Each antique print measures 9 1/2 x 12″,  is in good condition, and has strong colors. Click here to contact us. 

I hope you have enjoyed my collections of Water Birds by John Gould & others!

We pride ourselves on our great collection of antique ornithology prints. Antique lithographs with watercolors, hand colored engravings and chromo litho or lithographs. We specialize in water birds of all kinds. Water fowl bookplates by famous Old World Ornithologists including John Gould, Francois Martinet, Cornelius Nozeman, John Prideaux Selby, Thomas Pennant, and Buffon. Antique swan & heron prints. Antique lithographs of ducks and swans, egrets and herons by John Gould, Martinet. Some of these old prints date from the mid 1600’s. The most recent published at 1900. King fishers, egrets and herons, swans and ducks. They are all more than 100 years old. Contact Anne for personalized service and help with your decorating project: Call: 413-245-4197 Email: anne@annehallantiqueprints.com

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