Auction 20

Lot 163 – Peter Brown Framed Hand-Colored Prints of Exotic Birds:

Peter Brown Framed Hand-Colored Prints of Exotic Birds

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Start price: $375

Estimated price: $750 - $1,500

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PETER BROWN (English, active 1766-1791). Framed Hand-Colored Prints of Exotic Birds (1776) Three (3) hand-colored, engravings of exotic birds from the Americas and Southeast Asia originally published as plates in a rare 18th century English work, New Illustrations of Zoology (1776): 1) Plate V. The Red Vented Cockatoo; 2) Plate VI. The Blue-Breasted Parrot; and 3) Plate VIII. Alexandrine Parakeet. Each with 9 ¼ x 7 ½ inch plate-marks on 11 ½ x 9 inch sheets; artistically French-matted and framed in gilt, compo frames. Peter Brown was a British natural history artist and intended this collection as a supplement to George Edward’s A Natural History of Uncommon Birds (1743-51). So his bird illustrations were rendered in a style to those of Edwards. All three prints are in excellent condition, with good coloring, strong impressions and original margins.