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Eleazar Albin (1680–1742) - 1735 Etching, The Amadauads Cock and Hen

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Eleazar Albin (1680–1742) - Original 1735 Etching. Hand-coloured etching from the 'Natural History of Birds', by Eleazar Albin published from 1731-38. Dated 'July 22 1735'. Plate no. 77. Signed in plate. On laid. Discolouration around edges from previous mount, otherwise in excellent condition for a print this age.

Size

28 x 23cm (11" x 9.1")
Plate: 25 x 20cm (9.8" x 7.9")

Collection Information

Eleazar Albin is one of the most obscure of the 18th century natural history illustrators. However, it seems he was a German professional painter who settled in England in 1707, where he married and raised a family, changing his name from Weiss to Albin. He illustrated works on insects and spiders, earning his living by making watercolours of the collections of wealthy patrons, including Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection founded the British Museum. His work on birds was done late in his life & was the first large English work on ornithology, hand–coloured by Albin and his daughter Elizabeth & published initially in London from 1731–1738. Just 86 subscribers are listed for the first volume, 110 for the second, and 122 for the third “Natural History of British Birds”, 1st edition, was published in London between 1731–38. The French edition, “Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux”, by Eleazar Albin was published from 1735-50.

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Code nm988
Artist Eleazar Albin (1680–1742)
Date 1735
Dimensions 28 x 23cm
Framed No
Medium Etching
Style Realism
Subject Animals
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