Hand-Colored Steel Engraving

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1825-1850

GUSN

GUSN-2618

Description

Rectangular format hand-colored steel engraving of five shore birds with fine detailing of feathers, legs and feet, beaks and eyes in profile; They are set on a shoreline with tall billowing clouds in the background. One is shown in flight. The scale of the landscape to the shore birds is distorted, the birds appearing too large for the carefully rendered landscape. There is descriptive text beneath. Resides in a simple gilded frame.

Details

Descriptive Terms

landscapes (representations)
steel engravings (visual works)
hand coloring
ink
paper (fiber product)
steel (alloy)
Unidentified Paper
Ink
Steel
Hand Colored
PICTURE, LANDSCAPE

Inscription

In script writing in ink on a plate at the base of the image: Drawn from Nature by A. Wilson [far right] Engraved by A. Lawson [far right] / 1. Re-breasted Snipe 2. Long-legged Avoset 3. Solitray Sandpiper 4. Yellow-Planks Snipe 5. Tell-tale Snipe [these numbers correspond to number under each bird pitured] Note: someone filled in the Latin names of the birds beneath the printed names, in ink, and referenced a multi-volume publication on birds; some are covered by mat.

Associated Building

Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),

Maker

Reproduction of Wilson, A. (Artist)
Lawson, A. (Engraver)

Dimensions

9.375 x 13.375 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1991.837