Prideaux John SELBY
Black Scooter. Male.
Copper plate etching with original hand colour, by P. J. Selby and William Lizars after Selby’s original drawings.
P. J. Selby (1788-1867) was an exceptional ornithologist from Northumberland whose major work, Illustrations of British Ornithology, from which these prints are taken, was published in London between 1819 and 1834. The work is striking, not least for its size (comparable to the work of Audubon, for whom Lizars also worked); it has been described as containing “some of the best figures of British birds that have ever been published” and indeed “the finest copper engravings to be found in any ornithological work”.