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Exquisite Humming-bird, Trochilus Hirsutus. Exquisite Lizars engraving c1833.

Exquisite Humming-bird, Trochilus Hirsutus. Exquisite Lizars engraving c1833.

by Lizars, William Home

Lizars Hummingbird antique print. Hairy-legged Humming-bird from Brazil.

Beautiful finely engraved and hand-coloured steel engraving by eminent Edinburgh engraver W.H. Lizars (1788-1859) for Jardine's Naturalist’s Library series of Humming-Birds published in London circa 1833.

Utilizing the expertise of eminent naturalists in each field, Jardine employed William Home Lizars to engrave over 1,200 different species of animals, fish, birds and insects. They are considered the finest miniature nature portraits ever done. Beautifully coloured, each stands out from its uncoloured engraved background. 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.

Small bird portrait by W.H. Lizars, over 180 years old, in very good condition except for slight indentation to left of bird. This engraving is accompanied by the text description by Shaw. Size of engraving is 9.5 x 16cm (3.75 x 6.25 inches).
(If required, it can be mounted between antique white conservation ragmat board, and covered with cellophane for presentation and protection until framed. This half-framed price would be $125 (Australian). Please email for price adjustment, prior to payment.)

Stock Number: apWHLhb29Price: $95.00