Sunday, November 1, 2009

Josiah Wood Whymper - Engravings of two works by Harry Fenn

From the theatre Taormina, 1878

Isola Pescatori, 1878


From the National Gallery of Australia website (under 'More Detail'): "The engravings for 'British Birds in their Haunts', 1862 after drawings by Joseph Wolf is considered [Whymper's] masterpiece. Among his other publications were the wood engravings for the 'Life and Habits of Wild Animals', 1873-74 produced with the help of his sons Charles, Frederick and Edward. Charles H. Whymper (1853-1941) provided illustrations for books on travel, sport and natural history. They include wood engravings for 'Yarrells History of British Birds', 1871-89 and the 'Birds of Egypt' in 1909. Edward J. Whymper (1840-1911), alpinist, illustrator and wood engraver, who engraved the illustrations for Howard Willoughby Australian pictures drawn with pen and pencil London 1886, married Edith Mary Lewin in 1906." (Annette Whymper, one of the eleven children of Josiah Wood Whymper and Elizabeth Claridge, had owned the book Birds of New South Wales and their natural history by John Lewin - the above quotation is from information about plate 12 of the book, The Spotted grossbeak.) (plate 15 from the book)

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