The British Warblers – A History, with Problems of their Lives
Published in parts between 1907-1914 by R. H. Porter of London
The British Warbers was an elaborate and costly work of which only a limited number of copies were printed and sold by subscription only. World War I interupted the distribution of the final volume with the coloured plates having to be mailed to subscribers separately, as the chromolithography was being done in wartime Germany!
Henrik Gronvold, (1858-1940) was a Danish naturalist and artist. From an early age, he developed an interest in natural history and spent his time drawing the birds and animals around him. In his early years he studied drawing in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In 1892, Gronvold left for America by way of England. It was in London that he landed a job preparing bird skeletons for the Natural History Museum. There he developed skill as a taxidermist and established his reputation as an artist. In 1895, Gronvold joined an expedition to the Savage islands, returning later to continue as an artist at the Musem.
By the end of the century, Gronvold’s work was well represented in scientific literature. He also produced plates of bird eggs (see below) , which were quite unusual and rarely found in early bird books.
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