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Collection Nature Print Collection
Catalog Number 2016.7.4
Object Name Print
Description "Waxwing and Thrush (Der Seiden-Schwantz and Die Blauxopfige)," hand-colored copperplate engraving from "Vorstellung der Vögel in Deutschlandes und beyläufig auch einiger Fremden; nach ihren Eigenschaften beschrieben (Presentation of the Birds of Germany)," by Johann Leonhard Frisch. 3rd Edition, 1817. First published Berlin: Friedrich Willhelm Birnstiel for the author, [1733] - 1763.

Exhibition Label (Birds, Bugs, & Blooms, 2014): The development of taxidermy and the expansion of the glass industry greatly improved specimen preservation in the 1700s. Johann Frisch developed the innovation of keeping each of his bird specimens in a closed glass case, sealed from insects and dust. While his illustrations can look stiff, as they were drawn directly from mounted specimens, they are nevertheless notable for their accuracy.
Title Waxwing and Thrush (Der Seiden-Schwantz and Die Blauxopfige)
Date 1817
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Frisch, Johann Leonhard
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique copperplate engraving
Dimensions H-14 W-9.375 inches
Credit line Gift of John Glynn
Subjects Illustration, Ornithological