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18th century engraving ‘The Pheasant of Pennsylvania’ with original colour by George Edwards. Printed for J.Hinton, Newgate Street (London) as published in the ‘Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure’ between 1747 - 1799.
Now in a silver gilt and beaded frame.
English, circa 1755
George Edwards (1694-1773) was an English naturalist and ornithologist and was known as the ‘father of British ornithology’. Travelling extensively through Europe studying natural history, he gained a reputation for his coloured drawings
of animals and, primarily, birds. He was appointed librarian to the Royal College
of Physicians in 1733.