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Framed. Kookaburra rare antique print. R.P. Nodder engraving c1815.

Framed. Kookaburra rare antique print. R.P. Nodder engraving c1815.

by Nodder, Richard Polydore

Great poplar frame and gilt-edged cracked gesso mount perfectly suit this wonderful early interpretation of this iconic Australian bird, frequently referred to as a Jackass because of its wonderful 'laughing' bird call.

Hand-coloured copperplate engraving for George Shaw and William Elford Leach's The Zoological Miscellany: being descriptions of new, or interesting animals... illustrated with coloured figures, drawn from nature by R.P. Nodder, published in London in 1815 by Elizabeth Nodder & Son.

Elizabeth Nodder assisted her husband with publishing, while Frederick Polydore Nodder (1751-1801) was the (previous) principal artist for George Shaw. Frederick Polydore Nodder (1751-1801) completed most of the 1,064 distinctively styled hand-coloured engravings of all kinds of animals for George Shaw's Naturalist's Miscellany. After Nodder died, his son Richard Polydore Nodder (1774-1823) continued his tradition, while F.P. Nodder's wife assisted George Shaw in compiling and publishing this enormous work. The strong figuring of the wildlife and distinctive colouring create works of art of great character.

Both F.P. Nodder and his son R.P. Nodder exhibited at the Royal Academy and were royal painters to King George III. R.P. Nodder was also botanic artist to Queen Charlotte, the King's consort.

Page size is 230 x 140mm (9.x 5.5 inches). Image window is approximately160 x 115mm (6.1/4 x 4.1/2 inches). External frame size ist is 335 x 295mm (9.1/4 x 11.5/8 inches).

Stock Number: apGSKook-frPrice: $625.00