Birds, Pigeon & Rock Pipit - Original early 19th-century graphite drawing

An original early 19th-century graphite drawing, Birds, Pigeon & Rock Pipit.

Two charming bird studies. On wove paper watermarked "J. Whatman Turkey Mills 1821".

Generally in fine condition, there is a faint mark to the paper above the image and a small imperfection in the paper at the lower edge.
22.3cm x 31.8cm.

This work is from a small collection of exquisite British botanical watercolours by various hands, dated 1825 and 1826. The crisp details of these paintings is especially impressive. For the most part the subjects are British flora, and in particular typical wild flowers found commonly in hedgerows across the British Isles. The collection also includes a couple of more tropical subjects – colourful hummingbirds and butterflies – which would have been particularly exotic to these British artists in the early 19th century. The signatures include a number by M.H. Potter, as well as Alfred Potter, Miss Mason and Mrs Charles Greenway.


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