These exceptional prints are all hand-coloured woodblock engravings from the History of British Birds, first published in 1851 by the Reverend Francis Orpen Morris. This book, usually known as Morris's Birds, was a resounding success, mainly because of the fine illustrations, the work of the renowned printer Benjamin Fawcett. Morris himself was a well-known natural history writer, opposed to Darwin's theories, and was instrumental in founding the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
The prints which feature hand-coloured backgrounds (trees etc) are generally from an edition c1870 and are slightly better quality - some of the prints are from a slightly later edition with sparser hand colouring. Each image is the actual print and mount for sale.