Our bird prints are printed on Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper using the giclée printing process. The paper is museum quality and is slightly textured, giving the bird prints a 3D effect in the finished result.
Each of the bird prints is a reproduction of watercolour paintings commissioned in the mid-18th Century and painted by the finest wildlife and botanical painters of their day. The artists include Charles Collins, Peter Paillou and Jacobus Van Huysum.
Golden Pheasant Fine Art Print
Kingfisher Fine Art Print
Mauritius Dodo Fine Art Print
Peacock Fine Art Print
Pelican Fine Art Print
Pheasant Fine Art Print
Red & Blue Macaw Fine Art Print
The series of 18th Century bird paintings were commissioned by Taylor White F.R.S. (1701-1772). White was a barrister and judge by profession, but spent his spare time as a governor and Treasurer of The Foundling Hospital in London and as an amateur naturalist. He was exceptionally well-connected and had access to specimens in the British Museum and from the Royal Menagerie at the Tower of London, where his father-in-law, Major-General John Armstrong, has offices in his capacity as Surveyor-General of the Ordnance, Chief Royal Engineer and Quartermaster-General to the Forces.
In addition, Taylor White was friends with Sir Joseph Banks and John Harrison, who brought back specimens for him from their various trips - Banks on the voyages with Captain James Cook and Harrison on his voyages to the Caribbean to prove his sea clocks for the Board of Longitude.
These prints of birds are extremely finely painted and show the birds' plumage and features in incredible detail. The finest wildlife and botanical painters of the early to mid-18th Century painted the original watercolours of the birds. Through digitisation, we are able to bring these spectacular works of art back to life in the form of fine art prints of birds, which can grace your walls, or be given as a present to a friend or loved one.
Ideas For The 18th Century Bird Prints
Why not buy a bird print from our series of 18th Century prints of birds and use it in one of many ways:
- Frame the print of your chosen bird to hang on the wall of a room in your home.
- Give the bird print as a unique wedding present.
- Surprise a friend or member of your family with an amazing Christmas or birthday gift
- Collect the smaller sizes of the bird prints in an album for your personal collection
Bird Prints Specifications
Each bird print is printed by the giclée printing method on museum-quality Hahnemühle German Etching fine art paper, which provides excellent results, which are fade-resistant. The prints of these birds are currently available in three paper sizes
- 8" x 10" (20cm x 25cm)
- 12" x 16" (30cm x 40cm)
- 18" x 24" (45cm x 60cm)