Motacilla (Ruborum) Cinerea – Sepp & Nozeman (1789)


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Description: Antique print titled ‘Motacilla (Ruborum) Cinerea’. This print depicts the lesser whitethroat with nest and eggs (Dutch: braamsluiper). The lesser whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) is a common and widespread typical warbler which breeds in temperate Europe, except the southwest, and in western and central Asia. This small passerine bird is strongly migratory, wintering in Africa just south of the Sahara, Arabia and India.


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: 1789
  • Overall size: 37 x 53 cm.
  • Image size: 28 x 41.8 cm.
  • Condition: Very good. General age-related toning and minor staining. Please study image carefully.
  • Purchase code: BG-05991-81
  • Price: 597,5 Euro / 708 USD / 10.200.000 IDR