1866 – Robin and Nest


This charming wee image of a Robin with nestlings comes with a delightful story.  In a fernery owned by Mrs Cash, of Rye, in Peckham, a pair of Robins had built their snug little nest. Whether the Robins knew that Mrs Cash and her daughters, being members of the Society of Friends, would be sure to treat them with kindness, we do not know, but the birds became so tame that they would, even whilst seated on the nest, eat food handed to them by their admiring friends. By the kindness of Miss Newman, and the pencil of Mr Weir (who also lived nearby in Peckham), this engraving was made possible, showing the mother as seen when feeding her young ones. This happened in the Spring of 1866.  The image has appeared in a number of children’s books, this early version appearing in “Animal Sagacity”, edited by Mrs S.C.Hall and published by S.W.Partridge, circa 1866, but also appearing in the March 2nd, 1867 issue, of “Gardeners Magazine”, along with the story. Currently available in A4 and A3 sizing options only.


Detail: 1866 Robin and Nestlings by Harrison Weir  Detail 2: 1866 Robin and Nestlings by Harrison Weir

Detail: 1866 – Robyn and Nestlings               Detail: 1866 -Robyn and Nestlings/artist signature in plate.

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