Le Hobreau by François Martinet

Le Hobreau by François Martinet


Le Hobreau (The Hobby) MARTINET, François Nicolas. Plate 432 from Buffon, Histoire naturelle des oiseaux, Paris, c.1770-83. Hand-colored copperplate engraving. Sheet size: 12 x 9 inches; image size: 10 x 8 1/2 inches. This hand-colored image comes from Histoire Naturelle Des Oiseaux, a famous set of volumes edited by Georges Louis Leclerc, le comte de Buffon (1707-1788), perhaps the most famous French naturalist of the 19th century. With hand-colored plates engraved by Martinet, the set was published 1771-86. Distinguished by yellow borders and bright colors, the images generally show one bird in profile with its habitat indicated in a summary way. Martinet trained as an engineer and draftsman but is best remembered as an engraver, with birds his particular specialty – he engraved over 2,000 plates during his career. Framed


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