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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.
steel engravings (visual works)
paper (fiber product)
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.
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
Reproduction of Wilson, A. (Artist)
Lawson, A. (Engraver)
9.375 x 13.375 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little