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George Brettingham Sowerby jnr (1788 - 1854) was part of a remarkable family of natural history illustrators.
His grandfather James was a botanical illustrator par excellence. His three sons all followed in his footsteps, as did three grandsons and one great-grandson. George Brettingham jnr. took over the mantle of conchologist from his father. He helped create many beautiful illustrations of seashells. In fact, it took three generations of Sowerbys over forty-five years to complete that work.
Here are some of his prints of seashells, sealife and fossils for you to choose from. They are genuine antique engravings and were made in the period 1810 - 1850.

49 x 27 cm (19.5 x 10.5).Fossil Fish2 vertical fold linesThis fascinating lithograph was made in 1850 by George Brettingham Sowerby and shows fossils from the Permian era. The Permian era was about 250-300 million years ago. It was first introduced in 1841 by geologist Sir Roderick Murchison, so the..
US$120.00
27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Oliva XxivThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest..
US$75.00
27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).This antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest sets of a..
US$100.00
27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).This antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest sets of a..
US$75.00
27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Murex XxiiiThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rares..
US$75.00
27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Oliva XxiiiThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rares..
US$65.00
27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Planaxis IiThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rares..
US$65.00
27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Teredo EtcThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest..
US$55.00
27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Siliquaria IThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rare..
US$55.00
27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Typhis IiThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest ..
US$55.00
27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Pleropoda IThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rares..
US$45.00
27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).This antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest sets of a..
US$45.00
Spider Crab, Sand Skipper, Prawn, Velvet Swimming Crab
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16 x 10cm (6.5 x 4 inches).This antique lithograph was made in London in the 1850s by the famous Sowerby family, well known for their high quality illustrations of the natural world. They were made to educate the general population in natural history. The Victorians were very interested in natural h..
US$0.00
Cowry Shells
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27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Cypraea XxxviThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rar..
US$0.00
Abalone (Haliotis) Shells
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27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Haliotis IThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest..
US$0.00
Fossilized Seashells (Arca)
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27 x 21 cm (10.5 x 8.5 inches).Bysso-arcaThis fascinating lithograph was made in 1850 by George Brettingham Sowerby and shows fossils from the Permian era. The Permian era was about 250-300 million years ago. It was first introduced in 1841 by geologist Sir Roderick Murchison, so these lithographs a..
US$0.00
Abalone (Haliotis) Shells
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27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Haliotis ViThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rares..
US$0.00
Cowry Shells
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27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Cypraea XixThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rares..
US$0.00
Liliputian Or Bouquet Dahlias
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39 x 30 cm (15.5 x 11.8 inches).C.C SowerbyThis high quality vintage lithograph was made by litho-offset in the 1950s. The paper is thick and light creamy white, less bright white than it appears in the above scan and is blank on the reverse side...
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Fossil Seashells
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27 x 21 cm (10.5 x 8.5 inches).This fascinating lithograph was made in 1850 by George Brettingham Sowerby and shows fossils from the Permian era. The Permian era was about 250-300 million years ago. It was first introduced in 1841 by geologist Sir Roderick Murchison, so these lithographs are some of..
US$0.00
Fossil Seashells (Strophalosia)
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27 x 21 cm (10.5 x 8.5 inches).This fascinating lithograph was made in 1850 by George Brettingham Sowerby and shows fossils from the Permian era. The Permian era was about 250-300 million years ago. It was first introduced in 1841 by geologist Sir Roderick Murchison, so these lithographs are some of..
US$0.00
Fossil Seashells (Valva)
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27 x 21 cm (10.5 x 8.5 inches).Fossils of different types of Valve shellsThis fascinating lithograph was made in 1850 by George Brettingham Sowerby and shows fossils from the Permian era. The Permian era was about 250-300 million years ago. It was first introduced in 1841 by geologist Sir Roderick M..
US$0.00
Fossil Seashells (Trigonotreta)
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27 x 21 cm (10.5 x 8.5 inches).This fascinating lithograph was made in 1850 by George Brettingham Sowerby and shows fossils from the Permian era. The Permian era was about 250-300 million years ago. It was first introduced in 1841 by geologist Sir Roderick Murchison, so these lithographs are some of..
US$0.00
Fossil Seashells
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27 x 21 cm (10.5 x 8.5 inches).This fascinating lithograph was made in 1850 by George Brettingham Sowerby and shows fossils from the Permian era. The Permian era was about 250-300 million years ago. It was first introduced in 1841 by geologist Sir Roderick Murchison, so these lithographs are some of..
US$0.00
Fossil Seashells (Monotis)
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27 x 21 cm (10.5 x 8.5 inches).Monotis - Shell fossilsThis fascinating lithograph was made in 1850 by George Brettingham Sowerby and shows fossils from the Permian era. The Permian era was about 250-300 million years ago. It was first introduced in 1841 by geologist Sir Roderick Murchison, so these ..
US$0.00
Oliva Shells
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27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Oliva XxiThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest ..
US$0.00
Oliva Shells
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27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Oliva XcixThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest..
US$0.00
Oliva Shells
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27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).Oliva XxvThis antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest ..
US$0.00
Auger Shells
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27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).This antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest sets of a..
US$0.00
Vanikoro Shells
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27 x 18. cm (11 x 7.25 inches).This antique lithograph of seashells is from a set by George Brettingham Sowerby Jnr, published in parts in London from about 1842-1886 and is an antique, not a reproduction. It has hand painted colors and is in very good condition.It's from one of the rarest sets of a..
US$0.00
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