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Lewin, William, 1747-1795 (naturalist and artist)



  • Existence: 1747 - 1795


William Lewin (d. 1795), naturalist, published The birds of Great Britain accurately figured in 7 volumes, 1789-1795. The volumes included coloured engravings by Lewin and plates of eggs added from the collection of the Duchess of Portland. The second edition was published in 8 volumes, 1795-1801. Lewin also wrote a paper on rare British insects in 1793 for the Linnean Society's transactions, Vol. III, 1-4, and published a volume of The insects of Great Britain (London, 1795). He was made a Fellow of the Linnean Society in 1791.

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William Lewin: Paintings of British Birds' Eggs

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6300
Scope and Contents

A series of paintings of the eggs of British birds made from the specimens in the Portland museum, 97 folios. There is an index at fo. 91.

Dates: 1789-1798 (Circa)
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