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Jardine, Trochilus Eurynome (Scaly-breasted Hummingbird) engraving c1833.

Jardine, Trochilus Eurynome (Scaly-breasted Hummingbird) engraving c1833.

by Lizars, William Home

WH Lizars Hummingbird antique print, Trochilus Eurynome, Scaly backed Humming-bird, Native of Brazil.

Finely engraved original hand-coloured steel engraving by eminent Edinburgh engraver W.H. Lizars (1788-1859) for the Trochilidae “Naturalist’s Library” series of Humming-Birds published in London circa 1833 by Sir William Jardine. 

Under the guidance of eminent naturalists in each field, Lizars engraved over 1,200 different species of animals, fish, birds and insects. They are considered the finest miniature nature portraits ever done. Beautifully coloured, they effectively stand out from uncoloured engraved background habitats. Sir William Jardine, (1800-1874) was a naturalist who was particularly keen on ornithology - and also on Lizars’ sister Jane Home Lizars, whom he married.

This is a beautiful engraving, in good condition except for slight age-discolouration which is to be expected of paper that is nearly 200 years old. Approximate size 123 x 170 mm (4.25 x 6.75 inches).

Stock Number: apWHLh-b28Price: $100.00