Le Grand Heron hupe.
13.5 x 9 inches.
This crested American heron was indigenous to Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas and would have been a very exciting discovery in the eighteenth century. It is depicted with a lizard in its beak and accompanied by a wonderful selection of bugs and beetles.
Mark Catesby was born in England in 1679 and went to the Americas for the first time in 1712 to study the flora and fauna of the New World. He liked to display the animals and birds in their natural habitat and, wherever appropriate, with the plants that provided their nourishment. George Edwards was an accomplished ornithologist and artist who worked in conjunction with Catesby over these magnificent plates.