The Dodo and the Guiney Pig

Method Etching with original hand colouring
Artist George Edwards
Published London: Printed for the Author, at the College of Physicians in Warwick-Lane. [1757]
Dimensions Image 210 x 185 mm, Plate 235 x 185 mm, Sheet 281 x 225 mm
Notes Plate 294 from George Edwards' A Natural History of Uncommon Birds (1743-1751) and Gleanings of Natural History (1758-1764). One of the most important prints of a Dodo beautifully etched and hand coloured by George Edwards. He notes that made this print after a drawing done in Holland of e living bird which was brought from Mauritius. The drawing had been the property of Sir Hans Sloane. Edwards notes that he deposited the drawing in the British Museum. He also notes that he included the guinea pig for scale.

George Edwards (April 3, 1694 - July 23, 1773) was, like Catesby, one of the pioneers of natural history documentation, and is known as the "Father of British Ornithology." His marvellous A Natural History of Birds (London: 1743-51) was produced almost single-handedly. Edwards not only wrote the text for the book but also made the drawings, etched the plates, and hand coloured the prints to be bound in each volume. Seligmann began issuing his ambitious series just a few years after Edwards and Catesby each published their landmark works. The text was translated into German by Georg Leonhard Huth, and Seligmann produced all new plates based on the images of the two Englishmen. In bringing these masterworks to the continental audience, Seligmann has earned himself a rightful place in natural history circles, and his charming prints, reflecting well on their sources, stand on their own as another respected source for 18th-century natural history documentation.

Edwards was born at Stratford, Essex. In his early years he travelled extensively through mainland Europe, studying natural history, and gained some reputation for his coloured drawings of animals, especially birds. In 1733, on the recommendation of Sir Hans Sloane, he was appointed librarian to the Royal College of Physicians in London.
Framing mounted
Price £550.00
Stock ID 49073