This superb reproduction of the original antique colored lithograph of “I’iwi” was originally published in installments starting in 1890 for Aves Hawaiiensis: The Birds of the Sandwich Islands from Illustrations by F. W. Frohawk. In February of 1887, a young Scott Wilson was dispatched by the famed professor Newton of Cambridge University, England to perform an extensive study of Hawaii’s native bird species. His life-like portrayal of the birds is remarkable, particularly when one considers that the artist worked exclusively from skins and stuffed specimens. These finely crafted and inspired bird studies illustrate Frohawk’s intensive understanding of bird physiology, as well as his complete mastery of lithographic technique. These beautifully hand colored lithographs have become the definitive ornithological descriptions of the birds of the Hawaiian Islands.
What is a Mirrored Print & Gallery Wrap?
Canvas for Gallery Wrap
Take a good look at your print. The edges are mirrored, so that, the complete image is shown on the face of the frame once it is wrapped. In other words, You don’t lose any of the artwork. Our 2½” mirrored borders, allow your finished product to have a variety of thickness up to 2” deep. Therefore, make sure you choose an experienced framer who can make the frame to the exact specs of your custom print.
Hand-made Rattan Frames
Though the design has changed over the years, we commission these Rattan frames through a small family owned company in The Philippines. Your frame is the result of trial and error of the last 20 years! Rattan is a vine-like Palm that requires forest cover in order to thrive. Rattan grows throughout the jungle for over a quarter of a mile. Its trunk can span a diameter of over two inches down to the thickness of a human hair. The harvester’s collection process is performed by hand by a simple machete. Ultimately, the rattan vine cannot survive without the forest. Rattan quickly regenerates. As a result, this method of harvesting protects the destruction of the forest.
I’iwi by Fredrick Frohawk