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Cormorant (of the first year), c. 1841 (hand-coloured engraving)

Cormorant (of the first year), c. 1841 (hand-coloured engraving)


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Cormorant (of the first year), c. 1841 (hand-coloured engraving)

986248 Cormorant (of the first year), c.1841 (hand-coloured engraving) by Shield, George (1804-80) (after); 75x59.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Cormorant (of the first year). Drawn from nature by George Shield (1804-1880) and engraved by Alex. T. Aikman. Hand-coloured engraving. Circa 1841. 75 x 59.5cm.); Photo © Christies Images; English, out of copyright

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This hand-coloured engraving, titled "Cormorant (of the first year), c. 1841", transports us back to the enchanting world of nineteenth-century British art. Measuring an impressive 75x59.5 cm, this print showcases the remarkable talent of artist George Shield and engraver Alex T. Aikman. The image captures a moment in nature as we witness a young Cormorant standing proudly on a cliff overlooking the coastline. With its mouth open wide, it seems to be calling out or perhaps ready to devour its next meal from the sea below. The hand colouring adds depth and vibrancy to this scene, bringing each detail to life with delicate brushstrokes and subtle hues. The juxtaposition of the bird against the vastness of the ocean emphasizes both its small stature and its significance within the natural hierarchy. As we gaze upon this artwork, we are reminded of our connection with nature and how every creature plays a vital role in maintaining balance within ecosystems. This print serves as a testament to both artistic skill and scientific observation during a time when exploration and discovery were at their peak. Now preserved in a private collection, this exquisite piece offers us an opportunity to appreciate not only British artistry but also our shared responsibility for protecting our natural spaces for generations to come.

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