C1813
 (1822)

Variegated Warbler.

Modern names Variegated Fairywren, Purple-backed Fairywren &amp Lavender-flanked Wren. Modern binomial name Malurus lamberti First described Vigors &amp Horsfield, 1827 Distribution Mainland Australia. Reference Readers Digest Book of Birds 2nd ed 1986 Page: 442, ill. 442-443 From: John Lewin’s, &quotThe … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Variegated Warbler.

Date:

C1813
 (1822)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

210mm 
x 290mm
AUTHENTICITY
Variegated Warbler. - Antique Print from 1813

Genuine antique
dated:

1822

Description:

Modern names Variegated Fairywren, Purple-backed Fairywren &amp Lavender-flanked Wren. Modern binomial name Malurus lamberti First described Vigors &amp Horsfield, 1827 Distribution Mainland Australia. Reference Readers Digest Book of Birds 2nd ed 1986 Page: 442, ill. 442-443 From: John Lewin’s, &quotThe Birds of New South Wales&quot, 1822 edition. As the first free professional artist in Australia, John Lewin holds a significant place in the history and development of colonial art. The Birds of New South Wales was the first published series on Australian birds and a testament to Lewin’s artistic skills and keen sense of observation. In a break from tradition, Lewin not only utilised unusual compositions to depict his subjects but for the first time we see the beginning of a true representation of Australian botany in each illustration. In producing the Birds of New South Wales, Lewin encountered enormous difficulties and tribulations which culminated in a very complicated publishing history. PUBLISHING CHRONOLOGY 1806 In Sydney he receives subscriptions, sixty seven from Sydney and six from London. 1808 Published, with the six London subscribers receiving their copies, while the sixty seven copies destined for the Sydney subscribers go missing in transit, never to be found. 1813 Decides to publish a Sydney edition but only 13 copies are known to have been produced. 1822 After his death his wife arranges the publication of an enlarged London edition with eight more illustrations. 1838 A reissue of the 1822 edition with a new publication date. (The 1822 edition of Lewin’s work is the earliest that would ever conceivably be available for purchase of the individual plates.)

John William Lewin (1770 - 1819)

Lewin was a naturalist and artist, the son of William Lewin, a fellow of the Linnean Society and author of The Birds of Great Britain. He arrived in Sydney in 1800 and lived at Parramatta. He went on a number of early exploring expeditions in the colony including with Colonel William Paterson exploring the Hunter River and in November 1801. In 1804 Lewin was granted a 100-acre (40 ha) farm near Parramatta. He accompanied Macquarie's party when the governor first crossed the Blue Mountains via William Cox's new road in May 1815. In 1817 and 1818 Macquarie commissioned drawings of plants collected during John Oxley's explorations. Lewin died on 27 August 1819. His greatest published work was, The Birds of New South Wales. As the first free professional artist in Australia, Lewin holds a significant place in the history and development of colonial art.The Birds of New South Wales was the first published series on Australian birds and a testament to Lewin's artistic skills and keen sense of observation. In a break from tradition, Lewin not only utilised unusual compositions to depict his subjects but for the first time we see the beginning of a true reflection in the portrayal of Australian botany. In producing The Birds of New South Wales, Lewin encountered enormous difficulties and tribulations which culminated in a very complicated publishing history.

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