THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR (LOTS 180-229)
William Hayes, artist and ornithologist, produced basso relievo bird pictures, similar to the work of Samuel Dixon. In 1771 he published a volume containing forty hand-coloured engravings entitled A Natural History of British Birds etc., with their Portraits accurately drawn and beautifully coloured from Nature and by the late 1780s was employed by the Childs at Osterley, recording the rare birds in their aviary. This resulted in the publication between 1794 and 1799 Portraits of Rare and Curious Birds with their Descriptions. Accurately drawn and beautifully coloured from species in the Menagerie of Child, the Banker at, Osterley Park, nr. London. At first Hayes used his pictures of British birds as subject matter for his embossed pictures, and latterly used his engravings for the two Osterley volumes.
An embossed hand-coloured engraving by Hayes of six British birds, is illustrated in G. Walkling, 'Curious Foreign Bird Pictures', The Connoisseur, July 1979, p. 158.