The Redwing

The Redwing (Turdus Iliacus) by Jemima Blackburn (née Wedderburn) (1823-1909). 1862. Plate 12, Birds Drawn from Nature (Internet Archive online version of a copy in the Harvard University Library). The artist's initials appear in lower left corner. Click on image to enlarge it. Follow for colorized version.

The annotation accompanying Plate XII reads: “The Redwing is from a bird caught alive in the snow, near Ayr, in the severe frost at Christmas, 1860.” The Redwing in black and white positioned in its spring and summer habitat shows remarkable detail in the bird’s feathers, beak, and belly. The layers of feathering are skillfully rendered with a detail arguably more visible than in the colorized version

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Blackburn, Jemima. Birds Drawn from Nature. Glasgow: James Maclehose, 1862. Internet Archive online version in the Harvard University Library. Web. 11 January 2021.

Last modified 12 January 2021