Bolton was a self-taught naturalist, living near Halifax (York) for his entire life, who drew and etched all his own illustrations.
Bolton wrote and illustrated many important works on the natural history of Britain, including significant studies of the flora, ferns and fungi of his native country. Boltonia (Compositae), a genus of daisy-like plants, was named on his Honour.
The magnificent talent of Bolton is portrayed in the superb plates showing a wide variety of Song Birds and their nests drawn from life, with life sized figures of the birds, male and female with natural attitudes.
According to Coues, "This is perhaps the most ornate, or luxurious, work on British Birds of the last century, and it ought to remain in some sort a 'standard' treatise."
Bibliography Reference: Nissen, IVB 115; Fine Birds Books, p. 60; Zimmer p.64; Ellis 309; Graesse, 478; Mullens and Swann p.79.
- James Bolton (1735 – 1799) set -2- Original Engraving
- Title of artwork
- with Antique Hand Colouring Yellow Hammer, Nest and Eggs - a6q
- Engraving, Watercolour
- Original Hand Colouring
- In very good condition
- Sold with frame
- Total dimensions
- 27×20×0 cm