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).