Antique Bird Prints

For sale below is a selection of beautiful antique bird prints. If you are looking for a particular bird or illustrator, try the search box on the right hand side or feel free to contact me as I have many more in stock.

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Antique Bird Prints

About antique bird prints

Antique bird prints are a sure-fire winner in the gift stakes. Over the years some of the world’s leading artists and engravers have taken birds as their subjects.

Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774), Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright and poet best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield, sought to draw together all that was known about the earth, its plants and animals in “A History of the Earth and Animated Nature”. The book was first published in 1774 and went through twenty editions. It included many beautiful bird engravings, including the examples above of the Caracora, Woodpeckers, American Crossbill and the Albatross.

Sir William Jardine (1800-1874), a Scottish naturalist, is well know for editing and issuing the forty-volume The Naturalist’s Library. The series was divided into 4 sections; Ornithology, Mammalia, Entomology, Ichtyology; each section prepared by a leading naturalist. The series was hugely popular among all levels of Victorian Society and the Ornithology volumes included beautiful illustrations of which the Tengmalin’s Sight Owl, Meleagris Gallopavo Wild Turkey, Platycercus Palliceps Parrot above are some fine examples.

In 1906, Lilian Medland (1880-1955) was commissioned to paint the 318 illustrations required by ornothologist and highly regarded surgeon Charles Stonham in his five-volumes The Birds of the British Islands. This was to be Lilian Medland’s first professionally commissioned work. Prior to this she had demonstrated her talent for painting miniatures but had not previously worked as a professional artist. She sketched her subjects over the course of many visits to the London Zoological Gardens. The Turtle Dove and the Black Grouse above are beautiful examples of her work.

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Prices are quoted unframed (except where noted)
and exclude p&p,
all items subject to availability.
Items guaranteed over 100 yrs old unless marked.