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 Martinney - engraver France. XIX century The King-fisher from Senegal Engraving on copperplate, chisel, colouring in water soluble paints. 21 x 25 cm

Martinney - engraver
France. XIX century
The King-fisher from Senegal
Engraving on copperplate, chisel, colouring in water soluble paints. 21 x 25 cm
 

An engraving from series "The Birds of French Overseas Possessions". Formation of colonial empires and great travels of the XVIIIth century aroused interest of Europeans to exotic countries, their fauna and flora.

Collectors of engravings, in English-speaking countries in particular, think images of birds to be most prestigious things for collection, among the collectors there were crowned persons.

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