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A Snipe
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A Snipe

Circa 1750

George Edwards (1694 - 1773)

Height: 25.4 cm; Width: 20.1 cm;

Inscription, Snipe. or / Heatherbleater. //
Inscription, VI [?]
Collector's mark
Inscription, 42
Inscription, Woodcock
Inscription, A23057

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Spooner, William Wycliffe (Mr); bequest; 1967

About this work
George Edwards’ seven volumes of A Natural History of Uncommon Birds (1743-51) and Gleanings of Natural History (1758-64), containing 362 hand-coloured etchings, gained him an international reputation as an ornithologist and bird illustrator. His finely detailed watercolours were used as models for the plates, although this image of a snipe was apparently not published. He generally placed birds and insects in their natural habitat: here bull rushes and water indicate marshland. A dragonfly has been added to fill up what he referred to as the ‘naked spaces’ on the paper. (Permanent collection label)

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