I deeply admire the talent of the artists whose work was to depict specimens of flora and fauna a few centuries ago (read the post about Ferdinand Βauer (1760 – 1826) and his ‘Flora Graeca’). That’s why it was such a delight when I found these beautiful watercolous on the site of the British auction house Bonhams.
There is stated that this collection of twenty-one birds and insects among fruits and flowers is attributed to Anna Blackburne (1740-1793). Unfortunately, though my searching skills, I couldn’t find more information about her on the internet, except that she was an English naturalist and important collector of natural specimens.
View the whole collection here.