Professionally Mounted Original Antique (c1875) Chromolithograph Plate - Eggs of a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
This lovely and unique print produced in a collaboration between The Rev F.O. Morris and Benjamin Fawcett is published on cream-colored medium weight high quality paper. It is blank on the reverse & is in excellent condition for it's age, with no foxing or damage showing within the mount. There is a very insignificant mark to the upper right area which is possibly visible in the images provided.
The plate has been professionally hinged onto a specially cut high quality warm white mat, and mounted onto a foam core backing. The overall mount is ready to frame, & has been deliberately sized to suit a standard frame, should you wish to buy one 'off the shelf' rather than have the print professionally framed.
These prints are wonderful on their own, or framed and hung together as a set.
Approximate actual print size - 160 x 245mm
Mat window size - 132 x 205mm
Overall mat size 28 x 35.5cm - to suit 11 x 14" standard frames.
The Rev. F.O. Morris (1810 - 1893), an Irish parson-naturalist, in particular an ornithologist and entomologist, was a notable author of multiple children books as well as books on natural history & heritage buildings. Morris collaborated for many years with renowned English printer Benjamin Fawcett, & it is believed Alexander Francis Lydon, who was one of Fawcett's principal engravers, probably contributed much to these prints.
The popularity of these prints by Morris has made them increasingly scarce. These prints are more than 140 years old.
Their survival in such good condition for their age gives credit to the superb skills and techniques of Fawcett, which are now largely lost. He selected, ground, and mixed his inks with the utmost care. Only paper stock of the finest quality was used. The plates were color printed from separate wood blocks in up to four colors, with additional hand colouring.
Please note that the prints on offer are genuine vintage or antique, & therefore being offered as 'one off's'. You will not find them readily available to buy, or on display in someone else home. This makes them special, but the downside is if you miss out on one that you have your eye on I may not be able to source it again for you. If you would like a bigger set, please contact me as I may have more available in the collection.