Sylvia Modularis – Sepp & Nozeman (1829)



Description: Antique print titled ‘Sylvia Modularis’. This print depicts the Dunnock (Dutch: Heggenmus). The dunnock (Prunella modularis) is a small passerine, or perching bird, found throughout temperate Europe and into Asia. Dunnocks have also been successfully introduced into New Zealand. It is by far the most widespread member of the accentor family, which otherwise consists of mountain species. Other common names of the dunnock include the hedge accentor, hedge sparrow, or hedge warbler.


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: 1829
  • Overall size: 37 x 53 cm.
  • Image size: 27.6 x 41 cm.
  • Condition: Very good. General age-related toning, minor staining. Please study image carefully.
  • Purchase code: BG-05991-209
  • Price: 319,5 Euro / 377,5 USD / 5.450.000 IDR