Wren Fine Art Print

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A high quality fine art print on Hahnemühle German Etching art paper of a pair of Wrens chattering in a tree, painted by wildlife painter Charles Collins (c.1680-1744) in May 1743.

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

Our Wrens 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 Wrens was one of these masterpieces, which emerged from the collaboration between White and Collins.

The original watercolour of the Wrens is extremely finely painted, with incredible detail, allowing you to see the Wrens'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 Wrens 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 Wrens's vibrant colours and intricate details come to life in this high-quality fine art print.

* Please note that the images of the Wren 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 Wren

The Eurasian Wren (Scientific name: Troglodytes troglodytes) may be small, but it's a force to be reckoned with, spreading its wings across Europe, central and northeastern Asia, and even North America. Despite facing challenges during frigid winters, this mighty little bird continues to be the most common breeding bird in the UK.

What's so special about this pint-sized powerhouse? For starters, the Wren is a master of making the most of its surroundings. With an uncanny knack for finding snug, cosy nesting spots, these petite birds can be found settling into cracks in walls, bushes, tree hollows, and even on the ground. Their architectural skills are on full display as they construct dome-shaped nests from moss and twigs – earning them their scientific name, Troglodytes troglodytes.

But the Wren's talents don't stop there! Boasting a beautiful brown plumage, it's easily recognized by its small stature and distinct, cocked tail. However, the Wren's true claim to fame is its captivating singing ability. These little virtuosos are known for their exceptional vocal range, even capable of singing two notes simultaneously. As early risers, they'll often kick off the dawn chorus, serenading the world with their enchanting melodies.

Production & Delivery

From the point of order, the production of your Wren 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 Wren Fine Art Print will be packaged in a board-backed envelope.
Credit: Taylor White Collection, Rare Books & Special Collections, McGill University Library.