A lovely collection of hand coloured steel engravings of animals, birds and insects, all dated c1832, by Henry Fisher, London.
Henry Fisher began his career in Liverpool and continued together with his son Robert in London as printers and engravers of animals, wild life, maps and topographical subjects. He was particularly successful in the early 19th century with his illustrated picture books, for which there was a large audience.
What I find so charming about these illustrations is the way that each head, even down to the insects, has been given personality. The artist by the use of expressive eyes and a turn of the head, imbues them all with human attributes and emotion.
The collection are all are framed in a simple glazed narrow black frame.
Overall size of the 12 smaller prints: 9.5" x 6.5" (24cm x 16.5cm)
Overall size of the large print of stags and deer: 15.5" x 11" (39.5cm x 28cm)
Engravings in their frames Detail