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Rostrated Ray Eastern shovelnose engraving Nodder 1794

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The Rostrated Ray (Eastern shovelnose ray)


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Antique print relating to Australia


From Shaw & Nodder's 'The Naturalist's Miscellany, or Coloured Figures of Natural Objects Drawn and Described Immediately from Nature 1790-1813'. Accompanied by original descriptive text. Frederick Polydore Nodder was a gifted natural history artist and engraver. Nodder honed his draftsmanship working on Captain Cook and Joseph Banks' Florilegium and engraving Sydney Parkinson's sketches of Australian plants. He was made botanic painter to her majesty Queen Charlotte in 1785. Nodder also drew the botanical studies in Thomas Martyn's Flora Rustica (1792) and 38 Plates (1799). Most of the 1,064 illustrations of animals, birds, insects, crustaceans, fishes, marine life and microscopic creatures for the Naturalist's Miscellany were drawn, engraved and published by Frederick Nodder's family. Frederick himself drew and engraved many of the copperplates until his death. His wife Elizabeth is credited as publisher on the volumes after 1801. Their son Richard Polydore (1774-1823) was responsible for the plates signed RN or RPN. Richard exhibited at the Royal Academy and became botanic painter to King George III. The illustrations are characterized by vivid colouring, fine detail, and a certain posed stiffness in the ornithological portraits, perhaps because they were sketched from dead specimens.

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artist Frederick Polydore Nodder
method Copper-line engraving with original hand-colouring
date 1794
size 110mm by 195mm (platemark)
SKU AU5798