Plate CLXIV. Dytiscus. Draco Volans. Donax. Doris. Dodo. Diodon

Method Copper engraving
Artist Andrew Bell
Published c. 1790
Dimensions Image 220 x 170 mm, Plate 230 x 185 mm, Sheet 269 x 210 mm
Notes A plate from an 18th Century Encyclopædia Britannica, featuring a Dodo on a sheet also depicting various beetles, a puffer fish and a reptile.

Andrew Bell (1726-1809) was a Scottish engraver, printer, and publisher, best known for the numerous copper-engravings he produced for the Encyclopædia Britannica, a work he co-founded with Colin Macfarquhar. Bell was an eccentric, emphasising his small stature by riding the largest horses available to him, as well as obscuring his abnormally large nose with a false one made of papier-mâché. By the 4th edition of the Encyclopædia, Bell had produced over 500 plates on all subjects, including a series of three for the entry on 'midwifery' that so shocked King George III that he ordered them destroyed.
Framing unmounted
Price £90.00
Stock ID 51883