These beautiful chromolithograph Bird prints are from a rare volume titled "Winged
Thoughts", a very good example of the "sentimental" works on natural
history very popular during Victorian times.
The illustrations are by C. L. Bateman.
Mary Ann Bacon authored a poem to accompany each print. The title of the poem is
shown in parenthesis below the name of the bird. Following is the beginning of the
poem which accompanies the Dove print, titled "Peace":
Oh lives there one who
in the sylvan world
Hath not a spot to memory consecrate,
Where, when the tree of life grows old and gnarl'd,
He can forget that he is desolate!
Each print is provided with the original page
with the poem.
The chromolithographs were produced by a
printing company started by Owen Jones (1809-1874). Jones was an architect who made
his reputation as an ornamental designer. He is best known for his work The Grammar of Ornament. Jones started
his own lithographic firm after experiencing difficulty in finding a printer willing to
undertake the work for one of his books.