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Antique Bird Print - Superb Tanager - Paradise Tanager - 1899 Vintage Bird Print - Natural History - F W Frohawk - blue green orange yellow

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Vintage Bird Print - Antique Original F W Frohawk Foreign Finches 1899 Print
Paradise Tanager (113-years-old)
Superb Tanager

Please read the details of the general description below, but I have a comment about this particular plate as follows:

This is a scan of the actual chromolithograph you will receive. There are two very tiny spots on the paper. They are NOT tears but just some kind of spot on the paper from age/wear and add antique authenticity in my opinion. They don't take away from the print, nor do they stand out. you have to closely inspect the paper to see them. You can see them in the scans above. The first is to the very right of the bird's beak on the top of the page. The 2nd is to the very right of the tailfeathers on the bird on the bottom. There is also a very light crease from the lower most colorful leaf on the right side of the page toward the bottom right corner. It can be seen on the scans too. The paper has NOT been bent but slightly creased from wear. It lies completely flat and I don't believe it will be noticed under glass and framed. That said, this print is simply beautiful and will frame beautifully. The colors are fabulous and the print is very showy. It is priced accordingly.


I'm pleased to have finally found a second set of these exceptional antique bird chromolithograph bookplate prints by F. W. Frohawk. They aren't easy to find at affordable prices. Frohawk published this series of prints in 1898. The prints I'm selling are from the 2nd edition of Foreign Finches published in 1899.

F. W. Frohawk (1861 - 1946) was an English zoological artist and lepidopterist. He was one of the most noted ornithological artists of the late 19th and early 20th century. His ability to capture the beautiful color and intricate details of the birds is amazing. This series display beautifully, especially in a group. The full page print measures about 6 3/4 inches X 10 1/ 4 inches and will fit nicely in a standard frame.

*CONDITION*: The plates are in very good to excellent condition. I see no foxing or marks on any of them. A few show a little wear but nothing significant. The photos show true condition. There is a raw edge where the plate was once attached to the spine. It will be covered by a mat. The edges and corners remain crisp. The paper is not fragile and remains a creamy white. It lies flat. They are in very good condition and photos do not do the colors or quality justice.

*PLEASE NOTE*: Some of the scans make it appear as if the paper is rippled. It is not. I think it's a result of the single raw edge not lying completely flat on the scanner bed. I think the light picks it up and makes it appear as if the paper is rippled. Once matted and framed the paper at the raw edge will be covered and all will lie flat behind glass.

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Antique Bird Print - Superb Tanager - Paradise Tanager - 1899 Vintage Bird Print - Natural History - F W Frohawk - blue green orange yellow


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