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Antique Bird Print by Morris 130 Year Old Wood Block Engraving

This 154 year old print is from "A HISTORY OF BRITISH BIRDS" by Rev. O.M. Morris, published by Bell & Daldy of London in 1855.

Rev. Francis Orpen Morris (1810-1893), Irish ornithologist and entomologist.

Morris maintained his interest in natural history, and helped order the insect collection in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford. He acquired a reputation for writing popular essays on natural history and in particular on birds. His first book was an arrangement of British birds and was published in 1834. About this time he formed a close working association with Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893), a local printer. This relationship would last nearly 50 years and have a profound effect on British ornithology. Benjamin Fawcett was arguably the most accomplished of nineteenth century woodblock colour printers.

His first best-seller was A History of British Birds which was published from June 1850 in monthly parts over a period of some seven years. Each folio consisted of text and 4 hand-coloured plates. Initially only a thousand copies were printed, but surprising demand quickly forced Fawcett to move to larger premises at East Lodge in Driffield. A Natural History of the Nests and Eggs of British Birds. We likewise carry these bird egg prints in our Gallery:

Morris was an early advocate for conservation and was instrumental in founding the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Great Britain.

This copper engraving print is about 5 " x 7 " It is in good condtion with usual age toning.
It has superb detail and the featured bird is hand-colored.

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Vintage Bird Print Antique Print by Morris 130 Year Old Wood Block Engraving

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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: antique paper, hand colored, engraving
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