Sandtique Rare Prints
"Animated Nature" by Goldsmith -1838- BIRDS - MERGANSER
ANTIQUE COPPER ENGRAVINGThis 173 year old print is from "THE HISTORY OF THE EARTH, AND ANIMATED NATURE" by Oliver Goldsmith dated 1838. It was published by Archibald Fullerton & Co. , Glasco.
Oliver Goldsmith (1730 – 1774) was an Anglo-Irish writer, poet, and physician known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770)and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771, first performed in 1773). He also wrote An History of the Earth and Animated Nature.
In 1744 Goldsmith went up to Trinity College, Dublin. He was graduated in 1749 as a Bachelor of Arts, but without the discipline or distinction that might have gained him entry to a profession in the church or the law; his education seemed to have given him mainly a taste for fine clothes, playing cards, singing Irish airs and playing the flute.
He settled in London in 1756, where he briefly held various jobs, including an apothecary's assistant and an usher of a school. Perennially in debt and addicted to gambling, Goldsmith produced a massive output as a hack writer for the publishers of London, but his few painstaking works earned him the company of Samuel Johnson, with whom he was a founding member of "The Club". Goldsmith was described by contemporaries as prone to envy, a congenial but impetuous and disorganised personality who once planned to emigrate to America but failed because he missed his ship.
His premature death in 1774 may have been partly due to his own misdiagnosis of his kidney infection. Goldsmith was buried in Temple Church. The inscription reads; "HERE LIES/OLIVER GOLDSMITH".
This copper engraving print (the size of the picture) is about 7 1/2" x 4" on a page that is about 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" It is in good condtion. It has high detail. It is suitable for framing and would be an excellant gift.
The print that is being sold is of "BIRDS - GULL, MERGANSER & SMEW"".
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