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John Frederick Miller Sold at Auction Prices

Landscape painter, Flower painter, Bird painter

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    • Miller, John Frederick: Aptenodytes
      Oct. 06, 2020

      Miller, John Frederick: Aptenodytes

      Est: €200 - €400

      (Miller, John Frederick). "Aptenodytes, magellanica" und "Aptenodytes, patagonica". 2 kolorierte Kupfertafeln. 35,5 x 26 cm (Plattenrand). Mit Passepartout unter Glas in teilvergoldeter Holzleiste gerahmt. 48,5 x 39 cm. London um 1796. Der englische Illustrator John Frederick Miller (1759-1796) veröffentlichte erstmals 1796 seine "Cimelia Physica. Figures of rare and curious quadrupeds, birds, &c. together with several of the most elegant plants" aus dem die beiden vorliegenden Pinguine stammen. – Im Rand leicht gebräunt und minimal stockfleckig. Nicht ausgerahmt, daher mit möglichen Randläsuren. Versand nur ohne Rahmen. – Dabei: Johann Michael Seligmann. "Der Pengüin". Kolorierte Kupfertafel von Seligmann nach George Edwards. 25 x 19,5 cm (Plattenrand). Mit Passepartout unter Glas in teilvergoldeter Holzleiste gerahmt. 41,5 x 35 cm. Nürnberg um 1755. - Der "Peguin" stammt aus Seligmanns "Sammlung verschiedener ausländischer und seltener Vögel", die sowohl ausführlich beschrieben als auch sehr detailliert illustriert wurde. - Leicht gebräunt, gering braunfleckig.

      Galerie Bassenge
    • *Miller (John Frederick, 1759-1796). Cuculus
      Oct. 06, 2010

      *Miller (John Frederick, 1759-1796). Cuculus

      Est: £1,000 - £1,500

      *Miller (John Frederick, 1759-1796). Cuculus Indicator [&] Fringilla Cyanocapilla, Drawn and Painted by J. F. Miller, 1782, two fine and rare original pen and ink and watercolour drawings on one folio sheet, both birds (identified as A and B) on a small branch and facing left, identified Tab XXIV in ink upper left and with Miller's dated neat inkinscription at foot, pencil identification in block capitals in a later unidentified hand at foot of sheet, the drawings one above the other contained within an area of approx. 30 x 21cm on one side of a sheet of laid paper with the watermarks of I. Villedary (name and ornamented crown with fleur-de-lys), a few minor marks and two small closed tears to blank areas of sheet, sheet size 49.5 x 33.5cm. Both these South African birds (modern names Indicator indicator and unidentified) appeared as plate 24 in John Frederick Miller, 'Icones animalium...' published in 1785. It is a very rare (and nomenclaturally important) book with only two incomplete copies known to survive.. A second edition with text by George Shaw was published in 1796 with the title 'Cimelia physica, figures of rare and curious quadrupeds, birds, &c., together with several of the most elegant plants'. The work has a total of sixty plates, mostly ornithological but including animals and plants, and many of these were probably coloured by Miller himself.. John Frederick Miller, son of the botanical artist John Miller, had been employed by Sir Joseph Banks, receiving from him numerous zoological specimens and information from which he made drawings. He also drew many of the artefacts collected on Captain Cook's 'Endeavour' voyage of 1768-71, and with his brother James was to have accompanied Banks on Cook's second voyage. When that plan failed, John Frederick accompanied Banks to the Orkneys, Hebrides, and Iceland in 1772. His drawings from that expedition are now held in the Natural History Museum, London. No original drawings by Miller being offered for sale have been noted. See Fine Bird Books, p. 94; Nissen IVB 638. (1) NOTE: the buyer's premium is 20.56%.

      Dominic Winter Auctions
    • MILLER, John Frederick (active 1772-96) 'Struthio
      Feb. 09, 2008

      MILLER, John Frederick (active 1772-96) 'Struthio

      Est: $300 - $800

      MILLER, John Frederick (active 1772-96) 'Struthio Casuarius.' Cassowary. Circa 1776. Hand Coloured Lithograph 43.5x29cm

      Davidson Auctions
      Jun. 16, 2005


      Est: $8,000 - $10,000

      Cimelia Physica: Figures of rare and curious quadrupeds, birds, &c. Together with several of the most elegant plants, engraved and coloured from the subjects themselves by John Frederick Miller, with descriptions by George Shaw. London: by T. Bensley for Benjamin and John White and John Sewell, 1796 Folio (20 3/8 x 13 3/4 in.; 518 x 350 mm). 60 handcolored engraved plates by and after Miller; without plate list and table of Linnaean classifications found in some copies, some soiling on the title and light offsetting from plates, scattered spotting only entering platemark on plate 40. Early 19th-century green straight-grain morocco, gilt roll-tooled frame within a blind-tooled frame, spine gilt in compartments, edges gilt; scuffed, joints and edges rubbed. PROVENANCE Henry George Charles, Viscount Lascelles (bookplate) LITERATURE AND REFERENCES Ayer/Zimmer 585; McGill/Wod 465; Nissen, IVB 638 CATALOGUE NOTE A handsome copy of the second edition. This series of plates by John Frederick Miller, employed by Sir Joseph Banks and thus having access to the numerous zoological specimens Banks constantly received, first appeared between 1776 and 1792 under the title Various Subjects of Natural History. The descriptions by George Shaw have been newly added to the second edition. Miller painted and etched these subjects and probably colored the plates himself. Though primarily known as an ornithological work, the Cimelia also contains a number of important plant portraits, most of which are the first illustrations of the species depicted.

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