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SELBY, Prideaux John (1788-1867). - Herring Gull, Old. Summer Plumage.

SELBY, Prideaux John (1788-1867). - Herring Gull, Old. Summer Plumage.
Herring Gull, Old. Summer Plumage. - SELBY, Prideaux John (1788-1867).
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Title : Herring Gull, Old. Summer Plumage..
Map maker : SELBY, Prideaux John (1788-1867)..
Date : Edinburgh, Archibald Constable & Co. and Hurst, Robinson & Co., [1821-.
Size : 18.9 x 22.8 inches. / 48.0 x 58.0 cm.
Colouring : Coloured.

Description :A fine, large portrait of a gull from Selby's' Illustrations of British Ornithology'. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable & Co. and Hurst, Robinson & Co., [1821-]1834. '[SELBY'S] GREATEST WORK WILL EVER BE DEEMED HIS CELEBRATED ILLUSTRATIONS OF BRITISH ORNITHOLOGY ... OUR ENGLISH EQUIVALENT OF AUDUBON'S GREAT WORK' (Mullens and Swann, p. 518); this opinion was shared by Selby's contemporaries, who considered it 'the most splendid and costly work yet published on the birds of Great Britain' (William Swainson), illustrated by 'the finest examples extant of ornithological etchings' (Hugh Edwin Strickland, both quoted in: C. Jackson Bird Etchings, Ithaca and London: 1985, pp. 202 and 212). Prideaux John Selby 'was very gifted as an artist, and the two volumes of Illustrations of British Ornithology are outstandingly beautiful. In many people's estimation, the clarity and crispness of his figures give them an austere beauty that is lacking in the pretty lithographs in H.L. Meyer's and John Gould's books about British birds ... The cool, classical quality of Selby's plates belongs to the age of elegance and could never have been achieved by the Victorian John Gould. Selby's bird figures were the most accurate delineations of British birds to that date, and the liveliest. After so many books with small, stiff bird portraits, this new atlas with its life-size figures and more relaxed drawing was a great achievement in the long history of bird illustration. (C. Jackson, op. cit, p.212). Fine Bird Books (1990) p.141; Mullens & Swann p. 520; Nissen IVB 853; cf. Wood pp. 561-562; cf. Zimmer pp. 571-572. (2)
Condition : In very good condition.


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