Detail: 1866 – The Chaffinches’ Nest Book Cover: Animal Sagacity, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall
Detail: 1866 – The Chaffinches’ Nest
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” The Chaffinches’ Nest” is a full page book plate image from “Animal Sagacity”, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall, and published by S.W Partridge, circa 1866. It mirrors in style, another illustration that also appears in this book, entitled “The Robins’ Nest”. This is Weir at his most comfortable, depicting birds in their natural environment, a skill for which is he is nigh unmatched. Lady Dorothy Nevill, when describing his talent as an artist in her “Reminiscences,” is quoted as saying: “Mr Weir made the most delightful sepia sketches, and amongst my treasures, I especially value the portrait of a lovely Siamese cat which he painted for me. He was also a proficient in the art of portraying wild Nature, while in sketching birds, his talent has never since been equalled.” We can only concur with that view. This image is currently available in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options.