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Skeleton of Ash-coloured Parrot. M. Griffith engraving c1811

Skeleton of Ash-coloured Parrot. M. Griffith engraving c1811

by Shaw, George

Great bird skeleton antique print c1811. (The only other great skeleton I have is of a kangaroo!)

Original copperplate engraving c1811 (later hand-colour), drawn and engraved by M. Griffiths for General Zoology, or, Systematic Natural History, by George Shaw, M.D.F.R.S.&c. "Plates from the first Authorities and most select specimens" were mainly by Mrs. Griffith and Edward Heath and Mrs. Griffith. Published by George Kearsley, Fleet Street, London between 1800 and 1825. Shaw was a prolific publisher of natural history subjects, compiled from the discoveries of explorers and naturalists around the world - particularly from the new discoveries in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, supplemented by the natural history collections of the British Museum. Like a Cabinet of Wonders, the series introduced hundreds of strange and wonderful life-forms of all descriptions.

After graduating from Oxford University in 1772, George Shaw (1751-1813) began working in the medical profession. As with many naturalists of his time, George Shaw became fascinated with the use of botanical extracts in treatments. He became engrossed in botany and changed careers in 1786 to become assistant lecturer in Botany at Oxford University. In 1788 George Shaw was a co-founder of the Linnean Society. Shaw became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1789. He was appointed assistant-keeper of the zoological department of the British Museum in 1791. Apparently he resorted to writing to supplement his low income. His employment of fine natural history artists and engravers for his publications provided some of the finest illustrations ever produced.

Page size 8.5 x 5 inches (215 x 125mm)


Stock Number: apGS52Price: $132.00