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Pig-Tailed Monkey, engraved by George Edwards c1755.

Pig-Tailed Monkey, engraved by George Edwards c1755.

by Edwards, George

George Edwards Pig Tailed Macaque Monkey antique print.

Original hand-coloured copperplate engraving of the Asian Pig-Tailed Macaque holding a wooden pole. Drawn and engraved by naturalist and artist George Edwards (1694-1773) for his Gleanings of Natural History Containing Figures of Quadrupeds, Birds, Insects, Plants, &c. published in London 1758.

In 1773 George Edwards was appointed Librarian to the Royal College of Physicians. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society, and of the Society of Antiquaries, and was honoured with the Gold Medal of the Royal Society.  He was employed for many years as a natural history painter by Sir Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum. For his Natural History and Gleanings, George Edwards illustrated many foreign species for the first time. Edwards etched his own plates and then hand-coloured several prints before supervising others in the colouring. His engravings have great character with strong colour, and are quite unlike any other style of illustration, before or since. 

Approximate page size 290 x 220mm (11 1/4 x 9 inches). 

Stock Number: apGE214Price: $400.00