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Jardine Butterfly Print - "POLYOMMATUS ARGIOLUS" - Hand-Colored Engraving - 1833
RARE, ANTIQUE COPPER ENGRAVED, HAND-COLORED BUTTERFLY PRINT
This 168 year old print is from "The Naturalist's Library - ORNITHOLOGY" published by Sir William Jardine between the years 1833 - 1843. The etcher/engraver for all 40 volumes in this series was his brother-in-law , the Scottish artist William Lizars.
This collaboration produced one of the most charming and popular collections of natural history books. The series was divided into 4 main sections - ornithology, ichthyology, mammalian and entomology. Jardine himself was a gifted naturalist and artist. Many of his original water colors are in the Natural History Museum, London and in the Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh.
This copper engraving print (the size of the picture) is about 3 1/2 " x 5 1/2 " on a page that is about 4 " x 6 1/2 " It is in good condition with usual age toning. It has high detail and the featured animal, bird or fish is hand-colored. It is suitable for framing and would be an excellent gift.