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The rural idyll of Essex near London was the home of George Edwards. His ancestors had a good sense of finance and left George with an economically carefree future. After training as a merchant, Edwards decided to spend his days bird watching. He enjoyed travelling and expanded his knowledge with each new region of Europe he discovered. In addition, ships returning to London from faraway lands had exotic birds on board. George Edwards recognized that discovering nature also means teaching. The young ornithologist began to record his bird observations. His depictions surpassed all the illustrations known up to that point in naturalistic accuracy. With meticulousness and accuracy Edwards put his observations on paper. The natural scientist learned the art of etching and used the technique together with colourful watercolours for his enchanting bird pictures. Buyers for his paintings were soon found and other scientists became aware of his great skill.

In London George Edwards found a very special patron. Sir Hans Sloan was an art lover and at the same time president of the Royal Society. Sloan commissioned Edwards to create portraits of animals. A personal relationship developed between the two men. The two met weekly for tea and to exchange news. George Edwards devoted himself to art and Sloan encouraged the young man. Sir Hans Sloan finally arranged for George to become a librarian at the Royal College of Physicians in London. Here a wonderful world opened up for the ornithologist. He had access to numerous works of natural history and the peace to devote himself to his own studies and to express himself artistically. During this time George Edwards devoted himself to his own writings and published the multi-volume work A Natural History of Rare Birds. The result was a collection of more than 600 coloured etchings of birds and other animals that had not been described and illustrated before.

George Edward's reputation spread throughout Europe and a lively exchange among nature-oriented scientists developed. The Swedish natural scientist Carl von Linné maintained an intensive correspondence with Edwards and gave suggestions for the representation of the animals. Thus he asked Edwards for the representation of the upper and lower side of butterflies and helped Edwards to determine a species. Edward George was appointed a member of the Royal Society for his work and was later honoured with the oldest and highest endowed award, the Copley Medal. In old age, the scientist, who is called the father of British ornithology, is overcome by the desire for peace and quiet and he retires to rural Plaistow, where he falls asleep at the ripe old age of 79. © Meisterdrucke




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