"Pair Of Bird Engravings By Martinet From A Set Of Fourteen Engravings"Engravings by François-Nicolas Martinet (1731-1800), for the Natural History of Birds (1771-1786) by Georges-Louis Leclerc, count of Buffon (1707-1788), steward of the king's garden. The Northern Gerfault Cresserelle from the northern countries From the later period, beautiful wooden frame with black and golden patina, mount, under glass and glazing beads, decorated with butterflies and insects. Dimensions at sight of the engraving 24x20.2 cm. Total dimensions 45.5x41.5 cm. This pair of engravings is part of a set of fourteen engravings, all illustrating birds, all framed identically, and all in very good condition, ready to be hung. The other pairs of engravings are visible on our gallery. Considered one of the most beautiful ornithology books of all time, the Natural History of Buffon's Birds is one of the treasures of the library of Louis Médard. Published by the Imprimerie royale from 1771 to 1786, it is made up of ten volumes, bringing together 1,008 colored plates. Georges-Louis Leclerc, count of Buffon (1707-1788), naturalist, mathematician and biologist, was appointed intendant of the Garden of King Louis XV (the Garden of Plants). Attaching particular importance to illustrations, he entrusted this task to François-Nicolas Martinet (around 1731-1800), designer and engraver in the King's Cabinet. His plates combine realism and aesthetics, with particular care for the colors of the plumage of the birds represented.