The Dublin artist Samuel Dixon, of the Picture Shop Chapel Street, first advertised for subscribers to his delightful basso relievo bird pictures in one of Faulkner's 1749 Dublin Journals. Considered most appropriate for the reception/dressing-room of a lady's bedroom apartment, they also provided popular needlework patterns. This first 'Sett of curious (very fine) Foreign Bird Pieces' was followed six years later by his 'Sett of Foreign and Domestick Birds', 1755, that were largely drawn from George Edward's, Natural History of Uncommon Birds, 1743-51. The latter, executed in sets of twelve in vertical rather than horizontal form, and his dedications to 'Noble' subscribers, were recorded on the labels applied to the backs (see the lot illustration). See A.K. Longfield, 'Samuel Dixon's Embossed Pictures of Flowers and Birds', Irish Georgian Society Bulletin, Vol. XVIII, No. 4., 1975; and A.K. Longfield, 'More about Samuel Dixon and his Imitators', Irish Georgian Society Bulletin, vol. XXIII, no. 1, 1980.