18th Century Birds


A special set of bird reprints, reproduced from a collection of 18th century copperplate engravings, by Francois Martinet - a prominent ornithological artist of the 1700s. The original plates feature hand-colouring and a delicate yellow border, which many believe led to the development of French matting (a technique using pale watercolour wash panels and drawn ink lines around the perimeter of a mounted piece of art). Martinet worked closely with French naturalist Count Georges-Louis Leclerc du Buffon, to produce what's considered to be one of the most influential works on birds of all time. 

Framed in neutral soft beige mounts and black painted frames with subtle gold lines - these prints would compliment most interior colour palettes. 

Available as a full set of 6 only.

All our reproduction collections are limited in number and originate from antiques specially sourced by Petri Prints.


    • External frame size: 29 x 33cm 

    Frame features

    • Hand-framed by specialist British framers.
    • Ready to hang.
    • Conservation, acid-free mounting board - to provide protection to your artwork.
    • Printed on a specialist, 100% cotton, heavy weight (310gsm) museum grade fine art paper with a matt, smooth finish that allows for brilliant contrast, colour and crisp detail.
    • Glazed with premium anti-reflective Artglass that's used for framing by the finest galleries and museums around the world .