1802 Shaw - EGYPTIAN SPURWING - fine first impression in hand colour - Ornithology
Moses Griffiths (6 April 1749 – 1819) was a Welsh draughtsman, engraver and watercolourist.
Griffith was born 6 April 1749 at Trygain House in the parish of Bryncroes on the Llŷn Peninsula, Caernarfonshire. His parents were of humble station, and he received a very elementary education but, being clever with his pencil, he was taken into service by Thomas Pennant about 1769. Pennant helped him to study drawing and engraving, and Griffith became his constant companion on his tours and excursions, making the drawings and engravings for Pennant's numerous works. Griffith became proficient both as a draughtsman and as an engraver.
22 x 13.5 cm
Fine copper engraving. Later hand color.
Printed by Keasrley, Fleet Street, 1800.
Dr. Shaw (1751-1813) was a Fellow of the Royal Society, co-founder of the Linnean Society and a zoologist and keeper of the natural history department at the British Museum in London.