Daniel Good Rare Books and Engravings
1794 Edward Donovan WATER RAIL exquisite hand coloured copper engraving - Ornithology
Engraving with original handcoloring,
Plate size approx.
8 x 4 1/2 inches, on sheet approx. 9 x 5 1/2 inches.
Sheet: 23 x 13 cm
An exquisite bird print, engraved and hand coloured by the Donovan himself.
Nissen IVB 257; Mullens & Swann, p 173.
'The hand-coloring of these birds was delicately and beautifully done, giving the book considerable artistic merit. He painted the figures smoothly with gouache.' (Jackson, C. (1985) Bird Etchings, p. 183).
Very light stain to lower right corner.