Plate 172 "Coq-de Bruyeres, a queue fourchue"
Francois Martinet was one of the foremost bird artists of 18th century France. He collaborated with Count Georges-Louis Leclerc du Buffon to produce upwards of one thousand charming, brightly colored engravings of exotic and common birds. The prints fascinated both scientist and laymen when they were issued in the mid 18th century and are today highly valued by collectors. This engraving was included as an illustration to a large folio work titled, Les Planches Enluminees d'Histoire Naturelle, published in Paris between 1765 and 1780. The engravings from this work are on folio sized laid and watermarked paper. Martinet introduced many exotic species of birds "belonging to the warmer parts of America" to an interested European audience.
Copperplate engraving with full original hand color.
18 1 /2 x 13 1 /2 inches sheet.