Black swan, Cygnus stratus. Handcolored copperplate engraving from George Shaw and Frederick Nodder's -The Naturalist's Miscellany- 1792.Frederick Polydore Nodder (1751~1801-) was a gifted natural history artist and engraver. His son Richard Polydore (1774~1823) was responsible for the plates signed RN or RPN. Richard exhibited at the Royal Academy and became botanic painter to King George III. The illustrations are characterized by vivid colouring, fine detail, and a certain posed stiffness in the ornithological portraits, perhaps because they were sketched from dead specimens.