Water Birds

History of British Birds [Water Birds]

about 1804
Thomas Bewick (English, 1753–1828)

Place of Publication: Newcastle, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Hugo, no. 666 (this copy); Roscoe, pp. 64-65


Overall: 23.3 x 15.4 x 2 cm (9 3/16 x 6 1/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bound set of 227 wood engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Bound sets

(Newcastle: about 1804) Octavo; 118 leaves; contemporary(?) blue paper boards, rebacked.

Illustrations of water birds; vignettes of landscapes and scenes from daily life.

Newcastle: about 1804


William Garret [?--ms. note on preliminary leaf]; Thomas Hugo (1820-1876; his catalogue [The Bewick Collector, 1866], no. 666); Rinnell & Sons, from whom purchased by MFA, November 1, 1934.

Credit Line

Purchase by Ellen Frances Mason Fund