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Lot 1016
William Lewin (British, 1747-1795), Group of (10) Watercolor Illustrations from The Birds of Great Britain, with Their Eggs, Accurately Figured
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Watercolor on paper, 18th century, to include "Whistling Swan (236)," "Mute Swan (237)," "Wild Goose (238)," "Bean Goose (239)," "White-Fronted Goose (240)," "Red-Breasted Goose (241)," "Bernacle Goose (242)," and "Brent Goose (243);" also to include two egg watercolors, "Whistling Swan Egg (XLVIII)" and "Wild Goose Egg (XLIX)," matted, unframed.

Illustrations 8 1/2 x 7 in. (each approximately)

These works are unique because Lewin chose the medium of watercolor to illustrate The Birds of Great Britain, whereas many artists use printmaking for their monographs on birds. However, Lewin treated these drawings as many artists do a print, duplicating each watercolor 60 times between 1789-1794 to produce multiple copies of the book.

Each illustration with bright, saturated colors. Light spotting to some; toning and staining to one egg watercolor; otherwise no apparent condition concerns.