Curlew Fine Art Print

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A high quality fine art print on Hahnemühle German Etching art paper of a Eurasian Curlew, painted by wildlife painter Charles Collins (c.1680-1744) in the early 18th Century.

The Taylor White Collection's 18th Century Watercolour Painting of The Curlew

Our Curlew fine art print comes from the original collection of Taylor White F.R.S. (1701-1772). In the mid-18th Century, White commissioned the celebrated wildlife painter, Charles Collins (c.1680 - 1744) to paint a number of specimens for his collection. The watercolour painting of the Curlew was one of these masterpieces, which emerged from the collaboration between White and Collins.

The original watercolour of the Curlew is extremely finely painted, with incredible detail, allowing you to see the Curlew's plumage and features in stunning clarity. This depth of colour and detail has been captured brilliantly through the digitalisation process and is replicated for you on this delightful fine art print, which is now available for your home or office décor, or to buy as a thoughtful gift for your friends and family.

Taylor White, a barrister by profession and landowner on the Nottinghamshire / Yorkshire border, was a keen naturalist and collector. He commissioned over 900 paintings of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish from the finest painters of his day. He was a governor and the founding Treasurer of The Foundling Hospital in London, as well as being a Fellow of The Royal Society. He was extremely well-connected in Society, which enabled him to create such a world-class collections of specimen and thus paintings. White's father in-law was Major-General John Armstrong, who as Surveyor-General of the Ordnance, Chief Royal Engineer and Quartermaster-General to the Forces, has his offices in The Tower of London. Consequently, Taylor White had access to the birds and beasts of The Royal Menagerie at the Tower. He also was able to borrow specimen from The British Museum. Some rarer and more exotic specimens were brought back from their great travels across the globe by his Royal Society friends, the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, Bt. and the famous clockmaker, John Harrison.

Superb Fine Art Print on Museum-Quality Paper

We've meticulously replicated the original Curlew watercolour painting on 310gsm Hahnemühle German Etching art paper. This top-quality fine art paper is acid and lignin-free, ensuring the best possible longevity and colour reproduction. The Curlew's vibrant colours and intricate details come to life in this high-quality fine art print.

* Please note that the images of the Curlew Fine Art Print on our website are for illustrative purposes only. The actual print uses high-resolution images to ensure a crisp, clear, and visually stunning final print.

The Eurasian Curlew

Have you ever stumbled upon a captivating bird with a long, curved beak and wondered what it could be? You've just unlocked the secret world of the Eurasian Curlew (Scientific name: Numenius arquata)! This enchanting creature is sure to capture your imagination as it graces the skies and shores across Europe, Asia, and Africa's coastal regions.

Curlews are not only fascinating to watch, but their unique appearance and behaviours make them a bird-watcher's dream. With their characteristic long, down-curved bill, the Eurasian Curlew is a sight to behold. And if you think their looks are mesmerizing, just wait until you hear their evocative, bubbling call – a sound you won't forget!

The Curlew's favourite habitats include grasslands, wetlands, and estuaries. These areas provide the perfect environment for the Eurasian Curlew to thrive, as they offer plenty of food, like insects, worms, and crustaceans, for these magnificent birds to feast on.

Production & Delivery

From the point of order, the production of your Curlew Fine Art Print will take 2-3 working days. It will then be despatched to you via the Royal Mail RM24 Tracked postal service in a round poster tube for safety. The 20cm x 25cm version of the Curlew Fine Art Print will be packaged in a board-backed envelope.
Credit: Taylor White Collection, Rare Books & Special Collections, McGill University Library.