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This print is a facsimile of a sketch drawing of two birds: Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), a small white heron that is the American counterpart to the very similar Old World Little Egret and Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), a small heron that breeds from the Gulf states of the USA through Central America and the Caribbean south to Peru and Uruguay. The artist uses the names Guaratigua Merim and Acara Obu.

This vintage illustration, drawn with pencil and covered with ink, by Frei Cristovao de Lisboa in the 17th. Century (1625-1631) was found in a manuscript "Historia dos animais e árvores de Maranhao" that is kept in an archive in Portugal. In 1967, the archive published a study about the work of Frei Cristovao that included facsimile copies of his drawings. This is one of the prints of that 1967 edition.

A facsimile is a copy or reproduction of a manuscript or other item of historical value that is as true to the original source as possible. It differs from other forms of reproduction by attempting to replicate the source as accurately as possible in terms of scale, color, condition, and other material qualities.

Size: approx. 9" by 12"

The facsimile is In excellent condition. It is printed on thick paper. The uneven borders and darker areas that you see are in the original drawing that is reproduced in this vintage facsimile.

This is the actual page from a 1967 book, not a reproduction.

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Vintage Birds Print Snowy Egret Little Blue Heron Sketch Drawing Maranhao Brazil


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Material: vintage facsimile
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