Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Print du Jour

This delightful fish print forms part of our ever expanding collection of natural history prints. 

Plate 4 [Tetrodon Stellatus, Stellated Globe Diodon] 
Edward Donovan
Copper engraving with original hand colouring
Image 162 x 88 mm, Plate 199 x 115 mm, Sheet 239 x 141 mm
Edward Donovan (1768 – 1837) was a traveler and amateur naturalist. Born in Cork, Ireland, Donovan was the founder of the London Museum and Institute of Natural History, which contained his extensive natural history collection. He was also a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Wernerian Natural History Society. This engraving is from Donovan’s Natural History of British Fishes. Various volumes were published between 1802–08. The startling colour is original, and is the result of gum arabic and varnish heightening. 

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