These print originally are from a volume of A History of British Birds by Frank Orpen Morris. The painter and publisher Benjamin Fawcett, was the inspiration behind the history who with writer Morris and his engraver Alexander Lydon, compiled a set of 358 hand coloured plates with accompanying descriptions that were published in multiple volume format and several editions starting in 1850. The endeavor met with considerable success.
Francis Orpen Morris was an Irish clergyman, notable as "parson-naturalist" (ornithologist and entomologist) and as the author of many children's books and books on natural history and heritage buildings. Alexander Francis Lydon (1836-1917) was an English watercolour artist, illustrator and engraver of natural history and landscapes and was apprenticed to Fawcett at an early age. Each plate was hand coloured by a select group of talented colourists under the supervision of Benjamin Fawcett and his wife, who was a talented colourist in her own right.
Set of three hand coloured etching shows British birds. They are titled: MELODIOUS WILLOW WARBLER, WOODCHAT, GREAT SPOTTED CUCKOO. They are framed and glazed.
These prints were a Gift Aided donation to FARA Clapham