Lot of 23 fine hand coloured woodblock plates for Charles Robert Bree (1811-86) - Birds of Europe: Magpie Flycatchers Shrikes Thrush Starlings Jays

Description
Lot of 23 fine hand coloured woodblock plates for Charles Robert Bree (1811-86) - Birds of Europe: Magpie Flycatchers Shrikes Thrush Starlings Jays
Lithograph, Watercolour, Woodcut print - Not signed - 1863

Charles Robert Bree (1811 - 1886) was a medical practioner and zoologist. His passion for birds drove him to become a renowned ornithologist.

The illustrations on offer are superb and reflect his interest in European Birds not found in the United Kingdom. Bree employed an excellent painter and draughtsman - Benjamin Fawcett. A renowned perfectionist, Fawcett was one of the best at color printing from woodblocks. He mastered every step: painting birds; engraving wooden printing blocks; mixing and matching colors; and hand painting the engraved prints with with rich colours.
Here are some of the engravings for you to choose from. They are beautiful, genuine antiques from the 1860s.

Of the 23 plates, 5 are of eggs (of the Birds described)

A very good set. Very light age toning to the fine cream stock paper. Very minor creasing to very outer margin of one side.

Lot details
Object
Print
Artist
Lot of 23 fine hand coloured woodblock plates for Charles Robert Bree (1811-86)
Title of artwork
Birds of Europe: Magpie Flycatchers Shrikes Thrush Starlings Jays
Period
1800-1899
Year
1863
Technique
Lithograph, Watercolour, Woodcut print
Signature
Not signed
Edition
First Issue
Condition
Good condition
Total dimensions
24×15.4×0 cm
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