If you are longing for warm weather like we are, perhaps you’ll enjoy this recent framing project. This Morris bird print frame welcomes spring. This frame design features a speckled gold frame by Roma, that echos the natural texture found in birds eggs. The robins egg blue mat is accented by a speckled gold accent tape that we add by hand. Francis Morris published the “Natural History of Nests and Eggs of British Birds” in London in 1890 using color wood block printing to achieve the soft color and wonderful textures.
In 1834 Morris began his association with Benjamin Fawcett, a local printer who was a very skilled wood block printer. Their business relationship would endure for the next fifty years, Morris would take on the texts while Fawcett would finance and print them, applying the advanced system of coloring that utilized wood blocks in place of manual labor. Morris’ first acclaimed work: A History of British Birds was published in monthly parts over a seven year period, from 1850 through 1857, the final six-volume work containing 358 colored plates. Its’ popularity prompted Fawcett to move his operations to a larger space to accommodate demand. Additional titles followed: A Natural History of the Nests and Eggs of British Birds, A History of British Butterflies and A History of British Moths.
For all his life, Francis Orpen Morris was known as a champion of wildlife. He despised fox hunting, a popular and traditional English sport, and was an outspoken critic of British biologist Thomas Huxley, whom he considered brutal for his practice of vivisection. Morris encouraged and advocated conservation early on, and was instrumental in founding the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. After a long marriage that produced nine children, he died in 1893, and is buried at Nunburnholme.