Lydekker Huia

Print description



Rook, Plate 35.
Water colour. Printed on thick stock, hand-made, "whatman" woven paper.



Birds of Great Britain, first edition, 1789.



William Lewin

Addional Notes:


The first edition of William Lewin's (1747-1795), Birds of Great Britain, published in 1789, was a remarkable undertaking as it contained 323 original watercolour illustrations (271 birds, 52 eggs), each of which he painted 60 copies, together nearly twenty thousand individual pictures, is considered "the most amazing, enduring, and endearing one-man feat" in the entire field of English ornithology. It is considered "the rarest of all English bird books". The demand for Lewin's fine work and the limits imposed by his method led him in 1793 to begin a second edition of etched plates. He was joined in this project by his three talented sons, Thomas, Thomas William and John William.

Display &
Framing Notes:


Do not hang in direct sunlight.
This print should be framed with acid free archival matting and archival glass.



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