Alauda Pratensis – Sepp & Nozeman (1809)



Description: Antique print titled ‘Alauda Pratensis’. This print depicts the meadow pipit (Dutch: graspieper). The meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis) is a small passerine bird which breeds in much of northwestern Eurasia, from southeastern Greenland and Iceland east to just east of the Ural Mountains in Russia, and south to central France and Romania; there is also an isolated population in the Caucasus Mountains. It is migratory over most of its range, wintering in Southern Europe, North Africa and Southwestern Asia, but is resident year-round in Western Europe. However, even here, many birds move to the coast or lowlands in winter.


This print originates from ‘Nederlandsche Vogelen; volgens hunne huisdouding, aert, en eigenschappen beschreeven’, Amsterdam, 1770-1829 by C. Nozeman, M. Houttuyn and J.C. Sepp. This is the most important and first study in the Netherlands of ornithology at that time. The birds are depicted as they are in life, said to be depicted close to life sized and in their environment.


Original text page included.


Artists and engravers: This monumental work is associated with Christiaan Andreas Sepp, Jan Christiaan Sepp, Jan Sepp, Cornelis Nozeman, Martinus Houttuyn and Coenraad Jacob Temminck.



  • Date: 1809
  • Overall size: 37 x 53 cm.
  • Image size: 30 x 34.50 cm.
  • Condition: Very good. General age-related toning. Please study image carefully.
  • Purchase code: BG-05991-179
  • Price: 324,5 Euro / 385 USD / 5.550.000 IDR