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Southern Grey Shrike: Albin 1735

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  • Title: Southern Grey Shrike
  • Author: Eleazer Albin
  • Date: 1735
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 11 1/3 x 9" [Image]
  • Centimeters: 29.06 x 23.08 [Image]
  • Product ID: 000439

From A Natural History of Birds. Illustrated with A Hundred and one Copper Plates, Curiously Engraven from the Life. Published by the Author Eleazar Albin, and carefully colour'd by his Daughter and Self, from the Originals, drawn from the live Birds. London, 1731-38

Eleazar Albin was an English naturalist, watercolorist and watercolor teacher, who wrote and illustrated a number of books including A Natural History of English Insects (1720), A Natural History of Birds (1731-38), from which our plates come, and The Natural History of Spiders and other Curious Insects (1736). Albin wrote that he was first attracted to Natural History by observing the beautiful colors of flowers and insects.

These plates were beautifully engraved and colored by Albin and his daughter Elizabeth, who was taught her skills by her father.