Lewin, William (1747-1795)
William Lewin (1747-1795) was a highly regarded naturalist and natural history illustrator. His “The Birds of Great Britain” was the first attempt to include all the eggs of the British birds in a work on birds. The first edition was published from 1789-1794, in London and printed for J. Johnson, in St. Paul’s Church Yard. He did not live to see the publication of his second edition, which was completed by his sons. The illustrations are quite unlike most 18th century bird art in that they have a striking simplicity of line and a classicism that make them seem quite contemporary. The birds are captured in captivating, lifelike poses.
Prints from this publication are quite rare and feature original hand coloring