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Strange marsh-birds (coloured engraving)

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Strange marsh-birds (coloured engraving)

998196 Strange marsh-birds (coloured engraving) by German School, (19th century); Private Collection; ( From A Bilderbuch fAor KinderA (Picture Book for Children) 1790-1830, published by Friedrich Justin Bertuch (1747-1822)
MerkwAordige SumpfvAogel
Der Austernfischer, der koromandelsche Klaffschnabel, das violette Meerhuhn oder Purpurhuhn, das Aosterreichische Sandhuhn, der gehaubte Schattenvogel oder Hammerkopf, VAogel
Haematopus ostralegus, Hians albus, Fulica porphyrio, Glareola austriaca, Scopus umbretta); ePurix Verlag Volker Christen; German, out of copyright

Media ID 22500152

© Purix Verlag Volker Christen / Bridgeman Images

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This print titled "Strange marsh-birds" showcases the intricate beauty of avian creatures in a 19th-century German engraving. The artwork, part of Friedrich Justin Bertuch's "Picture Book for Children" transports us to a world where vibrant colors and delicate details bring these marsh-dwelling birds to life. In this enchanting composition, we encounter an array of unique species that inhabit the wetlands. Among them are the Austernfischer or oystercatcher, with its striking black and white plumage; the koromandelsche Klaffschnabel or African openbill, known for its distinctive bill shape; and the violette Meerhuhn or purple swamphen, displaying stunning shades of purple in its feathers. The Austrian Sandhuhn or sand grouse also makes an appearance, showcasing its elegant features alongside the gehaubte Schattenvogel or hammerkop bird with its distinctively shaped head. Each bird is meticulously depicted with precision and artistry by the anonymous German School artist. This historical print not only serves as a visual delight but also offers insight into early scientific illustrations. It allows us to appreciate nature's diversity while reminding us of our fascination with exploring and documenting it through art. Displayed proudly in private collections worldwide, this remarkable engraving continues to captivate viewers even centuries after its creation. Its timeless appeal transcends boundaries and invites us into a realm where imagination meets reality—a testament to both artistic skill and natural wonder.

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