A pair of 19th Century oval framed bird prints, by Rev F.O Morris, B.A member of The Ashmolean Society, circa 1852. These frames are made in our workshop, using the traditional methods of wood, plaster, gesso, bole and gilding with white gold leaf. The frames have a delicate ivory coloured wash between the nulling and outer mould and the glass has a verre eglomise boarder. They are subtly aged and finished with a period or hand cast brass picture ring for hanging.
White Wagtail, Tree Pipit
Benjamin Fawcett (1808 - 1893) was an English nineteenth century woodblock colour printer. In about 1845 he formed a close working association with Francis Orpen Morris. This relationship would last nearly 50 years and have a profound effect on British ornithology. Morris wrote the text for books which were financed and printed by Fawcett, and were engraved by Alexander Francis Lydon (1836–1917), who had started his career as Fawcett's apprentice.
At first wood-engraving illustrations were coloured by hand, but later a system of colouring from multiple wood blocks was used. Hand-coloured wood engraving started with an accurate painting of the subject. This picture was then carved on a wooden block, standing proud in order to pick up the ink. The block was then placed in a printing press to give a black-and-white print, which was then hand-coloured. The wooden print blocks were carved with great attention detail. Pear and boxwood were sufficiently hard and fine-grained, making them durable and capable of showing fine detail.
H:30cm W:25cm D:3.5cm
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