The Swallow

  • Author: Thomas Lord
  • Date: 1791
  • Medium: Hand-colored engraving
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Inches: 8 1/4" x 11 3/4"
  • Centimeters: 21.16 x 30.13
  • Price: Sold

From Lord's Entire new System of Ornithology or Oecumenical History of British Birds. London: by the author, 1791-1796.

This work was issued in 38 parts, each of 3 plates and 3 leaves of text, between 30 May 1791 and 10 October 1796, during a surge of interest in ornithology. The plates have an undeniably graceful quality that allows them to stand out among their contemporaries.

Thomas Lord is best known to posterity as the original proprietor of the eponymous cricket ground: he was also a sportsman and amateur painter. He began his career as a groundsman, and established his own cricket ground in 1797. In 1814 he transferred to the present site of Lord's. In 1830 he retired and took up farming.
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