1853 BIRDS EGG & NEST Woodblock Print MARSH HARRIER Francis Orpen Morris BENJAMIN FAWCETT A F Lydon

Product code: F18
Original Victorian 1853 Hand Coloured Woodblock Print MARSH HARRIER NEST AND EGG.


Date: 1853.
Printmaking Method: Chromolithograph.
Period: Victorian.
Title: Untitled.

It shows the birds egg and nest of the Marsh Harrier.
The print is untitled. There is a roman numeral plate number at the bottom xx. It comes with a separate titled page of descriptive text.

Provenance: From a first edition: A Natural History of the Nests and Eggs of British Birds by The Rev F. O. Morris, Member of the Ashmolean Society, Life Member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science etc. - Publisher; Groombridge and Sons, Paternoster Row MDCCCLIII (1853). Printed by Benjamin Fawcett of Middle Street, Driffield, Yorkshire, Printer and Publisher.

Benjamin Fawcett (born Bridlington 1808 -1893) was one of the finest English19thC woodblock printers of the time. Although there is no artists/engravers signature most of the artworks/engravings in this series of books were done by A. F. Lydon (Alexander Francis Lydon), being the principal engraver to Benjamin Fawcett, and Fawcett himself. Initially many of these plates were finished with hand colouring, many done by Fawcetts wife Mary Porter, and other local women.

Reverend Francis Orpen Morris (born 1810 near Cork – died 1893 Nunburnholme, Yorkshire) who wrote the books, was an Irish clergyman, ornithologist and entomologist.


Suitable for framing. Blank on reverse. It measures overall 240 x 150mm (9.5 x 6" inches) approx. There is a little age yellowing which is a feature of items of great age. It is on good quality paper/card. Please check the larger picture for condition. The accompanying text is on a separate page with unrelated text on reverse. This item will be shipped flat in a board backed envelope, and protected inside that envelope by a plastic sleeve. This image may be electronically watermarked; the actual antique print itself is not.

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Product Code F18
Weight 0.21kg