Sea  Shells  Prints and Sea Shell Illustrations

We are proud to offer a complete selection of vintage seashell prints, crab prints, shell art, nautical art , shell prints and prints for the home.

Our sea shell prints are all from original works published in the 1700 and 1800s.  The images have be restored and adjusted so that they will fit into standard sized frames.  Each is professionally printed and the paper and the inks are of the highest quality.

 


This is a hand colored series from his volume 4 of 6 volumes in which he has hand colored the various shells.  The are beautifully detailed prints which look amazing when framed and matted.  The English title of the work is :GW Knorrs delight of the eyes and the mind, or collection of all sorts of famous Hoorens and shells, which in its own colors depicted his  view (1770).

This is a series of  28 preserved images and they are available in

5×7, 8×10 and 11×14 fine art prints.

               

G. W. Knorrs Verlustiging der oogen en van den geest ; of Verzameling van allerley bekende hoorens en schulpen, die in haar eigen kleuren afgebeeld (1770)

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This is a hand colored series from the encyclopedia of Indonesian shells.  The are beautifully detailed prints which look amazing when framed and matted. The book was first published in 1810. This is a series of  18 preserved images and they are available in all the sizes.

 

 

 

              

 

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     Written by Timothy Abbott Conrad, American Chonchology was the most complete book on the shells of the United States for many years.  He was from early life an investigator of American paleontology and natural history, devoting himself to the study of the shells of the Tertiary and Cretaceous formations, and to existing species of mollusks. In 1831 he began the toa work on “American Marine Conchology,” and the year following published the first number of his “Fossil Shells of the Tertiary Formation,” which was never completed.  The lithographed plates in his publications were in part his own work.

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“American marine conchology or Descriptions and coloured figures of the shells of the Atlantic coast of North America”

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 Sea Shell Prints and Shell Art

 

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William Swainson was born in 1789 in Liverpool and after departing in 1807 for a career in the army in Malta and Sicily he retired in 1815 at half pay to pursue his real interest — natural history. He promptly left for Brazil on an expedition where he collected plants and animals and then returned to become a Fellow of the Royal Society. Swainson was a talented illustrator and draughtsman and a passionate believer that the art of zoological illustration ought to be as high and noble one as any other. Swainson made his mark on the world of zoological illustration with a number of publications. These included Zoological Illustrations, Exotic Chonchology, The Geography and Classification of Animals, Birds of Western Africa, Flycatchers, Animals in Menangeries, Taxidermy, A Treatise on Malacology, or Shells and Shellfish, The Natural History and Classification of Quadrupeds, and, the volume which most contributed to his reputation as an illustrator in North America, Fauna Boreali-Americana. It was on this basis that Nuttall’s Catharus ustulatus became known as Swainson’s Thrush; Bonaparte named his new hawk Buteo swainsoni, Swainson’s Hawk; and Audubon described, in his honour, Limnothlypis swainsonii, Swainson’s Warbler. Audubon in fact tried to interest Swainson in helping him with his Ornithological Biography however Swainson refused because his name would not have appeared on the title page and their friendship subsequently cooled.  Amazing seashell illustrations, shell prints, and sea shell illustrations.

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Exotic Conchology; or figures and descriptions of rare, beautiful, or undescribed Shells … second edition, edited by Sylvanus Hanley. London: Norman for Henry G. Bohn, 1841

 


 American Marine Conchology Sea Shell Prints

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This is a selection of  sea shell prints, from American Marine Conchology published in 1874.  It contains vintage shell  prints, shell art, vintage shell art and various crab prints.

George Washington Tryon was the son of Edward K. Tryon and Adeline Savidt. In 1853 he attended the Friends Central School in Philadelphia.  In 1859, Tryon became a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. He was largely responsible for the construction of new buildings for the Academy, especially, in 1866, a section for malacology. In 1869 he became the conservator in this malacological section.  In 1865, together with a group of American malacologists, he founded (and financed) the American Journal of Conchology. This ended in 1872.

 

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