Antique bird engraving on old laid paper with gridiron pattern visible when held to the light, characteristic of 18th Century paper. It shows six birds perched on a tree after a drawing by French naturalist François Nicolas Martinet (1731-1800) engraved by Robert Benard. Inscription on the page reads as follows:
Pl. XLII Martinet Del. Benard Fecit. HISTOIRE NATURELLE, Fig. 1. GRIMPEREAU BLEU DE CAYENNE. Fig. 2. COLIBRI DE CAYENNE. Fig. 3. L'OISEAU - MOUCHE. Fig. 4. L'OISEAU MOUCHE HUPE. Fig. 5. REC-FIGUE DE ST DOMINGUE. Fig. 6. TORCHEPOT DU CANADA.
François Nicolas MARTINET (1725-1804) was a French court engraver and naturalist, specialized in ornithology. Robert Benard (1734-1777) was a French engraver, author of more than 1,800 engravings for Diderot's Encyclopedie and worked as well on Captain James Cook's travel journals. In very good used condition, bright colors, with tape remnants to reverse, toning and margin tear and minor imperfections mostly concealed by mat. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: Frame: 18 3/4" by 13 5/16" (47.6 cm by 33.8 cm); Sheet: 16.5" by 10" (42 cm by 25.4 cm) approximately; Visible Image inside black border: 12 13/16" by 7 7/8" (32.5 cm by 20 cm) approximately.