Birds, Shaw and Nodder

George Shaw 1751-1813, Frederick Nodder fl.1773-c.1800

The Naturalist's Miscellany, written by George Shaw and illustrated by Frederick Nodder, was a huge work that extended from 1789 to 1813. The prints and text were issued in monthly groups, incorporating a wide range of fish, insects, birds, mammals, reptiles and crustacea as well as botanical, microscopic and deep sea marine life discovered by naturalists and explorers around the world, particularly in and around Australia, New Zealand and the South Seas. Many natural curiosities were discovered, described and illustrated in this publication. More than 1,000 species were featured.

George Shaw was a medical practitioner and a lecturer in botany at Oxford University, a founder of the Linnean Society of London and keeper of the Natural History Section of the British Museum.

Frederick Polydore Nodder was a British natural history artist who illustrated both plants and animals. He was the engraver for most of the work. After his death in 1800, however, his son Richard continued the project. The Naturalist's Miscellany is notable for the striking visual appeal of its plates. They are copper plate engravings on strong, soft Whatman paper, hand-coloured using a combination of watercolour and layered gouache. The colours are vivid and beautiful and many of the subjects are imbued with distinctive, whimsical personalities.

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Australian birds, Shaw & Nodder

#SN0050 Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
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Shaw & Nodder, Birds

#SN0061 Splendid Parrot
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Shaw and Nodder, Birds

#SN0087 Musk Lorikeet
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Birds, Shaw & Nodder

#SN0093 The Nonpareil Parrot
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Natural history, Shaw and Nodder

#SN0096 Parrot
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Shaw and Nodder, Birds

#SN0099 Emu
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Shaw and Nodder Birds

#SN0111 The Speckled Manakin
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Shaw and Nodder, Birds

#SN0114 Swallow Warbler
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Shaw and Nodder, Birds

#SN0174 The Striped-headed Manakin
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Shaw and Nodder, Birds

#SN0228 The Ground Parrot
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Natural history, Shaw and Nodder

#SN0673 Budgerigar
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