A Fine Set of Four 18th Century Coloured Ornithological Engravings
Showing various water birds and a Short Eared Owl, engraved by Peter Mazell (1761 - 1797) after Peter Paillou (1720 - 1790). These copper plate engravings were published in 1766 by Thomas Pennant (1726-1798), in his famous work, “British Zoology.” It was famous because it was exceptionally well done and so expensive to produce that it just about bankrupted Pennant. Pennant, probably the best known British ornithologist of the eighteenth century, was the first to attempt to list and portray all of the British species, many of them life-size. Presented in bespoke parcel-gilt frames with duck egg blue mounts.
London. Circa: 1766
Two landscape orientation:
Two portrait orientation:
Peter Paillou (c.1720 – c.1790) was a British artist best known for his paintings of birds, many of which were used as book illustrations.
Peter Mazell was an Irish painter and engraver, working in London between c. 1761 and 1797. He is known for his fine engravings of natural history subjects, especially those illustrating books by John Walcott and the Welsh naturalist Thomas Pennant . He created almost 600 engravings in his career. He also exhibited paintings of landscapes and of flowers. He exhibited at the Society of Artists and at the Royal Academy.