This print shows a European Turtle Dove, Streptopelia Turtur, standing on a branch.
Made by after an anonymous artist.
Etching with original colouring on handlaid (verge) paper. Watermark: Countermark IA.
Sheet size: 22 x 29 cm (8.66 x 11.42 inch). Image size: 18 x 23 cm. (7.09 x 9.06 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Brownish margin. Remains of paper tape on reverse. Ghosting from previous framing. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
From: ‘Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux.’, (A part of Histoire Naturelle…) by Comte de Buffon, published in Paris from 1770 to 1786. This is considered the most important 18th c. ornithological work, and most the beautiful ed. of Buffon’s works, containing 1008 handcoloured plates.