The Fantail.[is humbly dedicated to the Gentlemen of the Feather Club, by their obedient humble Servant Jno. M. Eaton.]
[Published Oct.r 16th 1860, by Jno. M. Eaton 81 Upper St.t Islington.]
Aquatint, printed in colours. c. 280 x 350mm (11 x 13¾"). Framed in 19th century maple. Framed over platemark top and bottom, probably trimmed into inscription. Unexamined out of frame.
Portrait of a fantail pigeon displaying. Both the artist and the publisher were pigeon fanciers: Wolstenholme had painted portraits of at least thirty different breeds; and John Matthews Eaton had published a number of treatises on breeding and republished 'Moore's Columbarium' in 1852. He bought some of the plates of pigeons that Wolstenholme had first published in 1834 and reissued them in two sets of six, one in 1852, the other 1860.
See Siltzer: P.312.
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