American Quadrupeds

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These facsimiles are after lithographs from John James Audubon’s famous work, The Vivaparous Quadrupeds of North America. The original prints were hand-colored, stone lithographs produced by the lithography firm of John R. Bowen of Philadelphia. It required four years, between 1845-1848, to assemble and produce this monumental portfolio. There were 150 animal prints produced for each portfolio and less than 300 portfolios were completed. No similar work on animals has ever been done whether measured by size or quality. They remain the largest animal prints available and certainly some of the finest ever crafted.

 

Buffalos

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Under the guidence of William Clark of the historic Corps of Discovery, George Catlin, a lawyer turned artist, desired to record the lifestyle American Indians living on the Great Plains of America. He traveled more than 2,000 miles along the upper Missouri River and became one of the earliest European artists to describe and illustrate the giant herds of buffalo there. This print was reproduced from the copper plate engraving found in his 1841 publication Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians.

 

Butterflies

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Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788) was the French naturalist perhaps most responsible for the rise of European interest in natural history during the eighteenth century. Buffon was born into the wealth and prestige of the French aristocracy and was educated in law and medicine, but his real interest was nature. These two butterfly prints are reproductions from engravings found in his Historie Naturelle, a 44 volume encyclopedia describing everything known about the natural world.

 

Crustacea

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A series of fourteen never before seen images of lobsters, crabs, crawfish, octopus, squid and shrimp. These exceptionally accurate reproductions were taken from original, large format watercolors painted in 1996 and 1997 by Becci Velasquez. A gifted watercolorist, Ms. Velasquez studied medical illustration and received her Masters Degree from the University of Georgia. Her style is evocative of the most gifted 17th and 18th century European natural history illustrators.

A series consisting of twelve images of crabs, lobster and shrimp. These reproductions of hand colored copper plate engravings were taken from Le R├Ęgne Animal by the acclaimed French naturalist and zoologist Georges Cuvier.

 

After Description de L'Egypte
Histoire Naturelle


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Originally created by command of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Histoire Naturelle volume of Description de L'Egypte was filled with striking engravings made from original works of art created by some of the most famous French illustrators of the early 19th century, including Jacques Barraband and Geoffroy St. Hilaire. Presented here are ten reproduction prints from this famous and incredibly detailed work documenting the wildlife of Egypt.

Read the story of Napoleon's Description de L'Egypte and see our antiquarian prints by clicking here

 

Elephants

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Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788) was the French naturalist perhaps most responsible for the rise of European interest in natural history during the eighteenth century. Buffon was born into the wealth and prestige of the French aristocracy and was educated in law and medicine, but his real interest was nature. These two elephant prints are reproductions from engravings found in his Historie Naturelle, a 44 volume encyclopedia describing everything known about the natural world.

Also presented are 4 elephant prints reproduced from hand-colored lithographs found in the work Naturhistorische Bilder Gallerie aus dem Theirreiche lithographed by Karl Joseph Brodtmann and originally published circa 1824. Swiss-born Brodtmann was an expert lithographer considered one of the most accomplished of the early 19th century.

 

Insects

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These insect prints were reproduced from The Naturalist's Miscellany
written by George Shaw (1751-1813) and illustrated by Frederick Nodder (1773-c.1800). George Shaw was a medical practitioner and a lecturer in botany at Oxford University, a founder of the Linnean Society of London and keeper of the Natural History Section of the British Museum. Frederick Polydore Nodder was a British natural history artist who illustrated both plants and animals.

 

Lion, Rhinocerous, Elephant

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French naturalist Bernard-Germain-Etienne Delaville, Comte de Lacepede (1756-1825), was a professor of zoology at the Musee d'Histoire Naturelle (Museum of Natural History) in Paris. Influenced by Georges Louis Marie Leclerc, comte de Buffon, Lacepede published a number of books on zoology. In 1800, he published La Menagerie du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, which documented quadrupeds, reptiles and amphibians in the museum's menagerie collection. The descriptive text was written by Lacepede and his colleague Georges L. C., Baron Cuvier (1769-1832), who established the extinction of past animal and plant species and contributed research in vertebrate and invertebrate zoology and paleontology. Beaux Arts presents reproductions of the fine copper plate engravings that were rendered from illustrations created by the most eminent natural history artists of the period, Nicolas Marechal (1753-1803), Nicolas Huet (1770-1830) and Leon de Wailly (1801-1824), and executed by Simon Charles Miger, a very talented Paris engraver.

 

After Albertus Seba

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Engraved by Albertus Seba, these interesting natural history prints were reproduced from hand-colored copper plate engravings found in the work Locupletissimi Rerum Naturalium Thesaurione, one of the most important natural history publications of the 18th century. Seba was a practicing apothecary from Amsterdam with an insatiable curiosity for natural history items. He traveled extensively in both East and West Indies and collected specimens for his own amusement.

 

Shells

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These colorful textured shell printss were reproduced from 18th century hand colored copper plate engravings.

 

Tigers

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These beautiful tiger prints were reproduced from hand-colored lithographs found in the work Naturhistorische Bilder Gallerie aus dem Theirreiche lithographed by Karl Joseph Brodtmann and originally published circa 1824. Swiss-born Brodtmann was an expert lithographer considered one of the most accomplished of the early 19th century.

 
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