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Roseate tern, Sterna dougallii

Roseate tern, Sterna dougallii


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Roseate tern, Sterna dougallii

Roseate tern, Sterna dougallii.. Handcolored copperplate drawn and engraved by George Graves from his own British Ornithology, Walworth, 1821. Graves was a bookseller, publisher, artist, engraver and colorist and worked on botanical and ornithological books

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1821 Graves Ornithology Roseate Sterna Tern


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This exquisite handcolored print depicts the Roseate Tern, Sterna dougallii, a beautiful seabird that graced the shores of the Atlantic Ocean during the early 19th century. The image was meticulously drawn and engraved by the talented George Graves, a British bookseller, publisher, artist, and engraver, for his seminal work, "British Ornithology." Published in 1821, this tome was a groundbreaking contribution to the field of ornithology, featuring accurate and detailed illustrations of various bird species. Graves' expertise in both drawing and engraving is evident in this stunning representation of the Roseate Tern. The bird is depicted in mid-flight, its graceful form and vibrant plumage captured in intricate detail. The roseate hue of the tern's breast is particularly noteworthy, adding a touch of elegance and allure to the image. The background is adorned with delicate foliage and water, further enhancing the overall beauty and visual appeal of the print. As a master of his craft, Graves employed the technique of handcoloring to bring the print to life. Each feather, each fold, and each detail was carefully colored by hand, resulting in a vivid and lifelike image that continues to captivate viewers to this day. The Roseate Tern print is a testament to Graves' artistic prowess and his dedication to the scientific pursuit of documenting the natural world. This historical print offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us to a time when the natural world was a source of endless fascination and discovery. It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving and celebrating the beauty and diversity of the natural world, a mission that remains relevant and essential to this day.

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